Congregants at Predominantly Black Churches Celebrate Obama’s Victory

November 12, 2008

Congregants at predominantly black churches blew horns, waved American flags and raised their hands from Raleigh to Los Angeles to the Atlanta church where the dream was born on the Sunday after Barack Obama was elected president.

“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, waved a flag and another blew a ram’s horn.
“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.”
At Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s South Side, where President-elect Barack Obama embraced Christianity, the pastor and congregation rejoiced Sunday and shouted, “Yes, we did!”
Hundreds of worshippers packed the sanctuary for a joyous service that celebrated the church’s role in the spiritual awakening of a future president. Trinity’s pastor, Rev. Otis Moss III, said history would note that Trinity was the holy place where “God stirred a young man’s soul and put him on the path to the presidency.”
“You have much to be proud of this morning,” Mr. Moss said.
Earlier this year, Trinity came under attack after snippets of sermons by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a former pastor, were broadcast condemning American actions.
On Sunday, Mr. Moss touched on the uproar briefly and said Trinity was used as a political pawn. But with the end of the election, the church could finally breathe a sigh of relief.
“We exhale this morning,” he told the congregation. “I’m smiling because it’s over.”
Mr. Obama no longer attends Trinity. On Sunday, he went to the gym.
On the day that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. famously called “the most segregated day of the week,” black and white Christian clergy members asked God to give Mr. Obama the wisdom and strength to lead the country out of what many consider a wilderness of despair and gloom.
In Houston, the Rev. Gregg Matte of First Baptist Church decried a society that has turned to government as its savior on his Web site last week. “Today,” he wrote, “Hollywood is our pastor, technology is our Bible, charisma is our value and Barack Obama is our President.”
But from the pulpit Sunday, Mr. Matte asked the 1,000 or so mostly white faces staring back at him to “lift up President-elect Obama.”
“Regardless of whether you voted for him or not, he’s now our president come Jan. 20,” he said. “So we’re going to come behind him and pray for him and pray for wisdom, that God will give him wisdom and be able to really speak to his heart.”
Source: DMN

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