Monday, January 16, 2012

For President Obama, Christianity is resurrected...Hallelujah!!



The Obama family goes to church!

With campaigning for the 2012 presidential election now moving into high gear (although for much of his presidency it was already well into that mode), church leadership in Washington can expect their coffers to be just a little bit more full ... at least through November 4, 2012!

This statement will no doubt be seen as somewhat cynical, thinking the worst of the President, his intentions and his motives.

But consider that while First Family attendance in church on Sunday's has been spotty at best over the past few years, they have attended several times in the past month or so.

Could this in some way be because questions over the President's faith have been an issue during campaigns in the past, or is it just that they have suddenly become more spiritual with the timing a mere coincidence?

If the reasoning is the former, well then what better way to diffuse an issue than to make it a non-issue in the minds of Americans using pictures like the one above or reports from the White House Press Pool like the series below that I received yesterday morning?

In the "what have you done for me lately" mentality that so pervades society today, won't these Sunday morning scenes going to mass be sufficient to assure the masses that the President is a good Christian possessing strong Christian values?

Isn't "perception is its own reality" going to be sufficient for the President in a world where peoples views and opinions can be formed and shaped through quick sound bites on television?

And with the mainstream media along for the pre-election ride with glorious statements like this one,

"POTUS and family entered through side door, as choir sang a rousing rendition of "Lord, You Are Good." Parishioners are on their feet, hands clapping. First family is standing in the second row of pews. POTUS is clapping and bouncing to the beat."

how could the American people have anything but a warm fuzzy feeling inside concerning this President and his sound religious footing?

Now I can't be absolutely certain that this renewed interest in Sunday morning services is staged, contrived or disingenuous.

I can't be certain about anything that goes on in someone else's heart or mind.

And I don't know if issues concerning the President's faith will even come into play this election cycle.

But I do know that the American people need to look at the whole picture and the whole body of work, not just little snippets like the one above!

Reporting from the White House Press Pool!

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2012 10:23 AM

Subject: White House Pool1

Good morning. This is your print pool reporter diving into his first solo venture trailing POTUS.

The motorcade rolled out at 10:12am, arriving at 10:23 at Zion Baptist Church.

Sent from my iPhone

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2012 10:45 AM

Subject: WH pool 2

POTUS and family entered through side door, as choir sang a rousing rendition of "Lord, You Are Good." Parishioners are on their feet, hands clapping. First family is standing in the second row of pews. POTUS is clapping and bouncing to the beat.

"Enlist sinners, educate students, empower the suffering, encourage the saints, exalt our Savior." Acts 2:41-47 is enshrined, in metal lettering, on the wall below a huge cross at the front of the church.

Program books, titled "I have a dream," have a picture of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on covers.

The program book has a plea for donations of "new and gently used warm blankets, sleeping bags, hand and feet warmers," etc. for Occupy DC.

The Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr, is the pastor of Zion Baptist Church, located on Blagden Ave., NW

Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2012 11:06 AM

Subject: WH Pool 3

POTUS and first family was acknowledged and saluted by the Rev. Byrd. Deacon Hendri Williams read from the Rev. King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

More singing.

Collection baskets are being passed. POTUS places what looks look a whit envelope in the basket.

Pool is sitting in a balcony at the back of the church. It's a beautiful church. Stained glass windows. A-type vaulted ceilings, of planked wood, with massive wooden trusses.




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