Obama Leaves Church; For Political Reasons?
By now, most people have heard Obama has decided to leave his church in Chicago, Trinity United Church of Christ. He said, “I make this decision with sadness.” He goes on to say, “This is where I found Jesus Christ, where we were married, where our children were baptized. We are proud of the extraordinary works of that church.”
I understand why Obama decided to leave the church, but I don’t agree with it.
First, Obama didn’t sound like he was leaving because he felt he didn’t belong there or agree with Trinity’s teachings. He sounded upset and mad that he had to leave, but it was something he had to do. In fact, if the outrageous remarks by Rev. Wright hadn’t surfaced, I’m sure the Obamas wouldn’t have ever left that church. I don’t like that Obama has basically played a string bet (betting a little to see the reactions, then betting more based on those reactions) all along with the controversy that has arisen with his ties to Rev. Wright and Trinity. He started by saying I don’t agree with what was said. Once he determined that wasn’t enough, and it was hurting him politically, he went further to denounce Rev. Wright, but we all know he only did it for the sake of his presidential race.
Second, I would rather see a candidate stand for what he believes in, and stand behind his church than run away when it is not all peachy. Obama has been involved with Trinity since 1988. I don’t think that we would return to a church week after week for 20 years, if he didn’t agree with the message and teachings. It would be hypocritical of him to sit in a church for that long and not believe in the words taught, and we definitely don’t want a hypocritical presidential candidate, do we? So, he must have believed in MOST of what was said. This is his church. Why didn’t he grow some and stand up for his church? If the church was not guilty of teaching ideals that the country wouldn’t like, why didn’t he just stand up for HIS church and say, “Back Off!” This is small and minute in comparison to things he will have to face as president, but if he negotiates with the wrong leader, and the world doesn’t like it, will he stand up for what he does, or run away like a little girl and hide?
Our current president has made many mistakes in my eyes, but at least he stands behind his decisions until the end. At least he has a set…
I have stumbled across a quote by Sen. Barack Obama, and I think it is only fitting to include it with every blog post about him:
“My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you’ll join with me as we try to change it.”
– Barack Obama