(RNS) Black churches conflicted on Obama’s Same Sex Marriage decision

Bishop Timothy Clarke, head of the First Church of God, a large African-American church with a television ministry in Columbus, Ohio, was perhaps most typical. He felt compelled to address the president’s comments at a Wednesday evening service and again Sunday morning. He was responding to an outpouring of calls, emails and text messages from members of his congregation after the president’s remarks.

What did he hear from churchgoers? “No church or group is monolithic. Some were powerfully agitated and disappointed. Others were curious ”” why now? to what end? Others were hurt. And others, to be honest, told me it’s not an issue and they don’t have a problem with it.”

What did the bishop tell his congregation? He opposes gay marriage. It is not just a social issue, he said, but a religious one for those who follow the Bible. “The spiritual issue is ground in the word of God.”

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One comment on “(RNS) Black churches conflicted on Obama’s Same Sex Marriage decision

  1. NewTrollObserver says:

    Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7Ktjqf9Vi4]gave his opinion on this issue[/url].