“This whole week, I’ve been reflecting on this idea of grace. The grace of the families who lost loved ones. The grace that Reverend Pinckney would preach about in his sermons. The grace described in one of my favorite hymnals — the one we all know: ‘Amazing grace/how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me/I once was lost, but now I’m found/ was blind but now I see.’” – President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama was born for the pulpit.
The president wasn’t trained as an ordained minister, he didn’t attend a theological seminary, but he’s searched his soul over the past seven years in the White House and he’s found, I believe, a spiritual calling to speak out about race with passion and purpose at a time when America still struggles with racism, a deep cultural divide, and the fresh pain from an assassin’s racial rampage.
In Charleston, South Carolina, last week, while delivering a powerful eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was murdered inside his church by white supremacist Dylann Roof, Obama delivered a commanding, unapologetic sermon as the nation’s first African-American president where he became part civil rights activist, part spiritual leader, and part racial healer.
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