The reason my husband and I no longer support the church is because the politicization has penetrated too deeply. We don't think God is either a Democrat or a Republican. We think God has bigger issues to deal with than American politics.
We believe in the separation of church and state.
An article I read recently was a glowing account of the Inaugural speech delivered by President Obama. It was further justification for our feelings towards our church.
Obama’s speech, his second inaugural address, repeatedly cited civic and religious doctrines — namely the God-given equality extolled by the “founding creed” of the Declaration of Independence — to essentially reconsecrate the country to the common good and to the dignity of each person.
It was a faith-infused event that recognized both the original sins as well as the later atonements of America’s history, especially on race, which was front and center as the nation’s first African-American president took the oath on the holiday commemorating the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
And Obama and other speakers vividly traced the nation’s tortuous path from slavery to civil rights — from the Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago to the March on Washington 50 years ago, the latter presided over by King.
No mention of this, though:
Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of civil-rights activist Medgar Evers, delivered the invocation at President Obama's second inauguration today. She is the first woman and the first layperson ever to do so; ordained pastors or priests have always performed the invocation prior to Evers-Williams.
The author was more concerned about noting over and over the elements of Obama's speech which reached out to gays and Latinos. Rich with irony is the lack of criticism that Team Obama disinvited the first pastor invited to deliver the benediction, due to some anti-gay speeches made in his earlier career. Christians defend him by saying he was delivering the message in reference to Biblical text. Also, Obama's thoughts on the rights of gay Americans conveniently "evolved" to include the acceptance of gay marriage - only as a state issue - in the last months of his last presidential campaign.
Nevertheless, the article insists this Inaugural speech proves a Fourth Great Awakening. No, I am not kidding.
“If you had any doubt that we are in the middle of a Fourth Great Awakening, you just missed one of the greatest inauguration speeches in American history,” Diana Butler Bass, a historian of American religion, wrote on Facebook as she watched the speech.
I don't remember any glowing reports written about former President George W. Bush, though I do remember much angst from the left side of the aisle that the man embraced his religious beliefs. Usually he was accused of exhibiting a false sort of religious expression - as though he was faking it.
So, I googled it. I came across this guy: