In a recent post, I slammed black pastors for failing to stand up for their Christian faith in the face of attack by Nation of Islam supreme leader Louis Farrakhan.
So, in fairness, I must applaud members of the black clergy who have put Biblical principle above racial hegemony in their public criticism of President Obama for his ungodly support of homosexual marriage.
“I love the president,” said Rev. Emmitt Burns, pastor of Rising Sun Baptist Church in Baltimore, “but I cannot support what he has done.” He told CNN that the president’s failure to defend traditional marriage between one man and one woman will lead to his defeat in November.
Rev. Burns’ sentiments were echoed by Rev. Keith Ogden, pastor of Hill Street Baptist Church in Ashville, N.C. “He is not God,” he said of Obama. “And he doesn’t speak for all black folk just because he’s African American.”
Much of the black community feels the same way as Revs. Burns and Ogden, as borne out by a poll last month by Pew Research Center, in which 49 percent of blacks expressed their opposition to gay marriage, compared to 39 percent in favor.
I suspect that many black churchgoers feel just as offended as the broader faith community that Obama dared to attribute his so-called “evolution” on homosexual marriage to Christian values he and his wife Michelle supposedly share.
“We are both practicing Christians,” the president claimed last week, in an interview that aired on ABC News, “and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others.”
But, he continued, “when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing Himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you would want to be treated.”
Well, the Golden Rule does indeed instruct us to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves. But it certainly does not tell us we must blithely accept sin.
And the last time I checked, the Bible clearly identified homosexuality as a sin. “Thou shall not lie with a man, as with a woman,” the Scripture declares. “It is abomination.”
So to endorse homosexual marriage, as the president has, is to defy God’s law. It is to side with those practicing the very abomination for which the Almighty destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gommorah.
And, for Obama, the falsehearted Christian, it is to break faith with the black community on one of the great moral issues of our time.