The First Family made their annual trek to church on Sunday. As we all know, the president doesn't just show up anywhere, especially with his family. This church had weeks of warning, had been searched, vetted, and prepped for the "surprise" visit. The pastor acknowledged that the president was in the audience:
After the singing stopped, the pastor Dr. Howard-John Wesley came to the front.
“How fitting that on the day we celebrate the rising of our Lord and savior, we also welcome our sitting president,” he said, as the congregation began to applaud and also welcomed the First Lady."How fitting..."? WTH? What kind of pastor compares once a year church attendance of the president to the resurrection of Christ? What is "fitting" about it? The pastor then delivered a politically charged sermon that included this gem:
“Even today in our political landscape, a line in the sand is drawn forcing you to make a decision on where you stand,” he said. “Where do you stand with rights or same sex couples…where do you stand on gun reform, where do you stand with police body cameras? Where do you stand on affordable health care? Life has a way of making you make a decision.”
“Where you stand on the resurrection of Jesus Christ: You either believe it or you reject it,” he added.Oh, okay. Gun reform, police body cameras, gay marraige, and Obamacare are of the same caliber as belief in the resurrection of Christ. Gotcha.
It doesn't take too much work to see what sort of pastor Dr. Wesley is. Apparently his sermon after the Trayvon Martin verdict was voted as one of the best on the subject by Time magazine - something that his church website highlights in his bio. I could write a comprehensive treatise on everything wrong with a church that highlights their pastor's media triumphs, but if you are stopping here at my blog, I really don't need to preach to the choir.
I have lost count of the number of times I have wondered how this president and his supporters sleep at night. There is something just a bit larger, more magnified, about the outright politicalization of a church, and the pastor's sermon on Easter Sunday. While one of my earthly weaknesses is the desire to be validated - to see God's judgment play out in my time and in front of me, sometimes things are so wrong, that all I can do is shake my head knowing that the judgment they will one day face doesn't begin to compare with any of the evil punishments that my small mind can think of.