Should Black Pastors and the Black Church Mix Religion with Politics?

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, talks with reporters while surrounded by a group of African-American religious leaders in New York, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Trump met with a coalition of 100 African-American evangelical pastors and religious leaders in a private meeting at Trump Tower. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, talks with reporters while surrounded by a group of African-American religious leaders in New York, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. Trump met with a coalition of 100 African-American evangelical pastors and religious leaders in a private meeting at Trump Tower. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Donald Trump’s clandestine meeting with Black clergy leaves many with one question. Besides all that loving in the room, exactly what transpired behind those closed doors?

Politicians can seduce the best of us as they wine and dine us with words, winks, and nods. The Road to 2016 will be full of flirting, wooing, and back scratching. It’s all part of the dating game to further an agenda. Politics and religion will never be a match made in heaven. Politicians know the deal and the clergy do too.

Ask the O’Jays. A lot of things jump off because of money. In my latest novel, Slippin’ Sippin’ Saints (Ultra Pearl Power), I touch upon the influence of the Black church and the power of money. Wealthy businessman Price Alexandra propositions his cash-strapped pastor for a night with the first lady. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

For better or for worse the church has a tremendous ability to affect change. Like James Wright singing the praises of Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pies, a pastor’s words can easily translate into an endorsement that a politician can take to the bank. Pastors know the power of the Black dollar and politicians do too.

A savvy politician pours into demographics that serve him or her best. Sometimes after the election, we learn that it was just a ploy. By no means am I implying that all politicians are wolves in sheep’s clothing, or that all pastors are righteous. However, as shepherds of God’s flock, religious leaders and pastors have a responsibility to their congregation.

Effective pastors and politicians exhibit some of the same qualities. And though they make strange bedfellows, it’s not unusual for politicians to seek counsel from a trusted clergyman. The connection cannot be denied.

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Source: New Pittsburgh Courier

Faye Thompson is a best-selling author and retired federal government employee. Her latest book, Slippin’ Sippin’ Saints, is available on Amazon.com. Learn more at www.fayethompson.com.

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