You know, Christians are supposed to be mature when dealing with the world. We are tasked with refraining from reacting based on emotion alone and to soberly test the spirit of all things by weighing them against God’s Truth and His Word:
1 John 4:1-3 (New American Standard Bible)
Oh well, so much for logic and sober thinking…
RALEIGH, North Carolina – Jubilation, pride and relief permeated pews and pulpits at predominantly black churches across the country on the first Sunday after Barack Obama’s election, with congregrants blowing horns, waving American flags and raising their hands to the heavens.
“God has vindicated the black folk,” the Rev. Shirley Caesar-Williams said as a member of her Raleigh congregation, Mount Calvary Word of Faith Church, brandished a flag and another marched among the pews blowing a ram’s horn.
Yeah, “Rev. Shirley Ceaser – Williams” is that Shirley Ceasar, the legendary gospel singer who seemed a bit more grounded…until now. But wait, there’s more…
“Too long we’ve been at the bottom of the totem pole, but he has vindicated us, hallelujah,” the Grammy-winning gospel singer cried. “I don’t know about you, but I don’t have nothing to put my head down for, praise God. Because when I look toward Washington, D.C., we got a new family coming in. We got a new family coming in. And you know what? They look like us. Amen, amen. They look like us.”
While I will be accused of “putting my mouth on a ‘womand of gawd’”, I still have to ask - is “Pastor Shirley” saying that the Blood of Jesus wasn’t enough to vindicate her…that it took a slick politician from Chicago to “vindicate black folks”? Does “Pastor Shirley” preach the Gospel, or some form of “Black Liberation Theology”? Hmmm.
Although the folks at Ebenezer Baprtist Church here in the ATL were practically breakdancing in the aisles on election night, at least their Pastor offered a bit of wisdom this past Sunday:
“Barack Obama stood against the fierce tide of history and achieved the unimaginable,” he said. “But he did not get here by himself. Give God some credit. He is the Lord.”
But while he told the congregation that it was a time for celebration, he also reminded them it was a serious time.
“We still have a whole lot of work to do,” he said. “You have two little girls who will grow up in the White House. Around the corner, you have two little girls who will grow up in a crack house.”
Folks, we’re going to see even more blatant man worship of President-elect Obama up to and after his inaugaration. The same adoration that is heaped on pulpit pimps and false teachers is now being heaped on the first black President of the United States. No man (teacher, preacher, or President), organization, or government can rescue you from the preordained course of this world, as prescribed by the sovereign will of God.
Now more than ever, we who claim the Name of Christ need to remind the world that hope can only be found in Jesus Christ:
1 Peter 1:3-5 (English Standard Version)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,
5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.