Take a look at these two posters displayed in front of Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church located at 5502 E. 38th St. in Indianapolis. How are we to interpret the message being conveyed by these posters and this church? Is Greater St. Mark Baptist Church suggesting that if blacks don’t vote for Obama they will end up “back in chains”, just as Vice President Biden so eloquently stated at a recent Obama campaign speech in front of a largely black crowd? Or, is the intended message that blacks used to be in chains and they should cherish their right to vote? Maybe the message being conveyed by these posters is intentionally vague and difficult to discern. Lord knows we wouldn’t want to say what we mean and mean what we say.
I submit that the “economic chains” Democrats have thrust on the black community over the past 60 years should be obvious, even to the black community. However, maybe the brainwashing is complete and there is no one left in the black community that can see the truth or think for themselves. It appears mindless voting for one particular political party is a tradition in the black community and there is no room for change. Voting should be considered a cherished right and duty, but if you are going to cast a vote for a politician based solely on skin color and/or whether or not he or she will give you money from the public treasury, please stay home on election day….you are an ignorant and foolish voter that wants to put us all back in chains.
On a side note: Voting and obedience to elected church officials seems to be a point of contention for many in the Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church; especially the “lead” pastor, Joy Thornton. In April of 2004 there was a law suit filed by formerly elected Trustees of this church that originally decided to terminate the employment of Rev. Joy Thornton. Apparently Thornton didn’t honor this decision by the duly elected Trustees and an informal congregational vote was held in the church where an overwhelming majority of the church members voted to retain Thornton and fire the Trustees (or “the Board”)! Thrown into this mix of un-Christian behavior was a dispute over property and assets. If you love legal documents, and who doesn’t, you can read all about it in the attached lawsuit. I am drawn to Apostle Paul’s 1st Corinthian 6 exhortation NOT to drag fellow Christians into pagan courts, but settle disputes among believers. But I digress.
The black demographic will undoubtedly vote in overwhelming numbers for Obama again…why? What has Obama done and/or what policy has Obama implemented or encouraged that has promoted business growth and the betterment of the black community? Surely Rev. Thornton can name one thing! I can’t name any particular program, policy or law that Obama has done to “help” the black community, but I can name two things Obama has done that will ensure the “black vote”. Obama was born to a black father and he has a “D” next to his name. Excellent qualifications for certain and I can’t think of a better reason to vote for someone.