This is the first in a series of articles about President Barack Obama 'using' the United Church of Christ (UCC). I'm going to let you reach your own conclusions about how faithful President Obama is to Christianity and the Muslim faith of his childhood...or to any faith for that matter. Today, I cannot tell where his heart lies, but I do have these interesting documents to share with you which cover where he was 'at' before and during his presidential campaign.
You'll have to enlarge my scans and good luck finding the original postings online. I only hope that President Obama has come to a place of peace in his own mind, heart, body and soul and that he will be able to share real truth with us. All I pray for is decency for all people and I do so wish we can work together!
The following is an admonition and warning to the UCC (United Church of Christ) to be careful way back in 2007 when President Obama used our church Synod 2007 to launch his political campaign. The warning was well-placed; it turned out that the IRS tried to sue the UCC for conducting political campaign 'stuff' at a big church meeting (Synod 2007). Nothing came of that law-suit and I do not know from whence it arose.
I'm not an attorney as many UCC Clergy are (especially black clergy) but I do know that there was a great deal of 'electioneering' and 'politicking' going on at Synod 2007 which I attended as a (reluctant) voting delegate from CT, no matter what anyone says.
I saw voter sign-up tables and all sorts of Obama campaign activities, all enforced by big black guys from the private sector, plus the Secret Service. It was a real zoo in Hartford, CT, June 2007 with all the politics. It broke my heart to learn how political my church was (I was a very timid and quiet moderate-conservative at the time) and I lost my 'political innocence' that week.
Now it's 'in your face' politics and I am sad for it, especially since the perpetrators 'scrubbed and scrub their websites' as necessary. I also never had experienced that before June 2007.
My wake-up call came when Jeffrey Lord from 'Politico' contacted me. I thought he was just a member of the UCC (so politically naive was I) and gave my innermost thoughts to him in email. Maybe I can find a copy of those thoughts and share them with you. My only fear is that even I realize what a jerk I was.
In any case, on this Holocaust Remembrance Day 2010, I am sick-at-heart that I once supported those who are so anti-Jewish and anti-Semitic. Like with gay rights and civil rights issues, I fully expect to be disappointed by the UCC, which I am still a member of, technically. It's at that same Synod 2007 in Hartford President Obama spoke at that the UCC decided to 'tone down' it's pro-Palestinian/anti-Isreal sentiment, with a new 'Resolution'. Better late than never for Christ's kinsman, I always say.
Maybe the UCC will bring back the 'stocks' or I'll be stoned or excommunicated like the good Pilgrim Church (The First Congregational Church of Stamford) gathered in 1635 used to do. That would be a most appropriate validation of the culture over there. This is what I get for daring to not be so cooperative, for opening my mouth and for being less generous with my tithing money. I still love the UCC, the people in it and my country and President, but they're not making it easy. I guess that's what is meant when it is said that 'it's easy to love one's friends, but not so much one's enemies"...if I had any enemies, that is.
The good news is that through my trials at church, I did finally hear the call of God. They'd been telling me for years that "I should go to Seminary" and I said "No". Now, instead of a fancy ivy-league degree, I am satisfied with the lowest of the low work and it suits me well. I'll tell you about my Southern sojourn and retreats for God another time, but suffice it to say that all that's transpired suits me very well.
With Love in Christ, the Permanent 'Forgiver',
Reverend Barbara Sexton
"The Biblical Biochemist-Where Science Meets the Cross"