Saturday, April 12, 2014

African-American Democratic Pastor and Former Legislator to Support GOP Candidate for Governor in Chicago

I've mentioned before that one of my college classmates is Rev. James Meeks, pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois. Meeks organized Salem and now has a congregation of some 15-20,000 members. He is a former Illinois state senator and his commitment to the poor and underserved in his city. 

Meeks is controversial. His stances on gay marriage, his political activism has made him so - and I'm proud of him for that. It's not that I agree with every stance, but I believe in ministry of consequence. For me that means you cannot stand up for God and expect the world to go along with or understand your position. And I am proud to see him as a preacher as a voice for what he believes God would have him say.

And my pride and admiration in Meeks extends even to this...


As staunch a Democrat as I may be considered there are times when a party doesn't move fast enough on your agenda that you have to move yourself. I think that's what Meeks has done, In 2012, the number of Chicagoans killed was 228, the number of troops killed during that same time 144! More than 850,000 people in Cook County suffer from food insecurity. Last year 63 percent of youth in Chicago graduated from high school - and that was up two points from the previous year.

Nuff said...

So I'm not shocked that Pastor Meeks would take such drastic tactic as supporting the GOP candidate for governor. What I don't want to happen, however, is for him to get used in the process. Remember the absence of philosophical logistical underpinnings upon which most conservative politics rest. And remember their tendency to showcase blacks without committing themselves to an agenda that appeals to black constituents. 

I ran across this interview a couple of days ago...




This interview is as a mixed bag of truths and half truths, and false equivalencies. 

I hope that Meeks gets what he wants from an alliance with the GOP. But I also hope that he "uses" them as much as he "gets used by them". But I think he's a better politician than that....

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