Trinity United Church of Christ is a Christian community that serves the spiritual needs of people from all walks of life. We have high school drop outs, recovering drug addicts, and ex felons sitting side by side in worship with judges, doctors, pilots, and dare I say it... POLITICIANS. I received a very interesting comment today and under current circumstances I feel it appropriate to share :)
So glad to be back with Trinity. I tried to tune in last week only to find your broadcast not aired. I regret the public scrutiny your congregation has been under, unjustifiably. I found myself defending your church and your pastor to the uninformed in my community. Ive attached my observations:
Allow me to respond to the controversy surrounding Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright. As someone who has frequently visited and continues to participate in services for Trinity UCC via the Internet, I can view Rev. Wright from another lens. As the faith leader for a large congregation, he brings his leadership and guidance to the African-American community coupled with a love for his country. That has led to his passionate disapproval of American government under the Bush administration. I have listened over the years to scathing attacks of President Bush put into the context of religious scripture "Its in the Word"). The parallels can be drawn due to his perceived dismissals of tending to the needs of the poor and downtrodden, views that many of us share. While the sound bites being aired through the media have been edited to espouse the view of a man obsessed with hate and disdain for his country, nothing could be further from the truth. The beauty of Rev. Wrights Sunday messages has been his ability to weave a story pulling from the context of past injustices and making the connection with present day turmoil. When only a sound bite is presented, one is left to fill in the gaps with their own interpretations.
I'm sure Senator Obama was drawn to Rev. Wright as he recognized the mans intellect, his eloquence, and his passion for moving our country in the direction of justice and equality. He doesn't hesitate to admonish his predominately African-American congregation for its foibles and call them to task when their behavior proves counter productive. He is multilingual and has traveled extensively to foreign countries.
Now let me tackle another part of the argument. When questions were raised as to why Senator Obama did not openly object to inflammatory statements there might be a perfectly innocent reason. My daughter attended Trinity church for a number of years and she never saw Senator Obama or his family in the congregation. I recently read an article about Presidents and government officials discussing how they tend to be affiliated with a church, however, they may not attend church on a regular basis. When Senator Obama made the statement that he wasn't there when the statements were made, you can believe that because it fits his pattern.