U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black Says Spiritual Vaccine is Needed to Bring About Racial Healing, Revival

FILE – In this Tuesday, June 4, 2019, file photo, Barry Black, a retired rear admiral and chaplain of the U.S. Senate, delivers the homily during the funeral services of the late Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, at Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss. Black regularly opens the chamber’s proceedings with prayer and has done the same during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black knows what it is like to pray about political differences in our nation’s capital.

As the 62nd chaplain of the Senate, Black is the spiritual leader for some of the most powerful people in the country. He pastors 100 senators and he ministers to hundreds more in Washington, D.C.

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As protests and riots continue following the deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks, Chaplain Black is also praying about the need for healing and change in America.

“We have had challenges with race almost from the start because when we said all people are created equal, we were not talking about, certainly not people of African heritage,” Black told CBN News. “And so we have had to work toward a more perfect union.”

During a recent opening prayer in the Senate, Black referenced recent officer-involved shootings and the need to sympathize with those affected.

He believes that is something that Christ would do.

“I think that our Lord and our God has a passion for the marginalized,” explained Black. “In the judgment story in Matthew 25, how do you make a difference in the lives of the marginalized? Did you feed the hungry? Did you give water to the thirsty? Did you clothe the naked? Visit the sick, minister to the incarcerated. And then did you take care of the stranger? So, God has this passion for the marginalized and the oppressed.”

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