When President Obama first moved into the White House his spiritual advisor Joshua Dubois wasn’t very far away offering scriptures, prayers, and words of encouragement daily.
Joshua Dubois was President Obama’s director of the Office of Faith Based Initiatives from 2009-2013. (Courtesy Photo)
Now, President-Elect Donald Trump is preparing to move into the White House and Dubois has offered few words of encouragement.
Dubois, who lives in D.C., served as President Obama’s director of the Office of Faith Based Initiatives from 2009-2013.
“The faith community stands with the least, the last, and the lost – and that means immigrants threatened with mass deportation, people of color threatened by stop and frisk policing, and God’s green earth threatened by a warming climate,” Dubois said.
Dubois is just one of many area faith leaders who are offering comments since Trump’s victory on Nov. 8.
While some Blacks remain worried about what Trump will do, the Rev. Lionel Edmonds, pastor of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church in Northwest D.C., said people are worried about the wrong thing. He entitled his sermon last Sunday “Why the Lord Let Trump Win.”
“The Lord allowed some of the children of Israel to win in order to teach them how to fight, Edmond said.”The church has gotten so caught up in building mega churches until we have forgotten social justice ministry. The church is missing in action. Folks are too scared to get involved.”
The Rev. Grainger Browning, pastor of the Ebenezer African Methodist Church in Fort Washington, Md., said that he preached a sermon entitled “Birth of a Nation,” that was inspired by the recently released Nat Turner movie. Browning said Turner stood up to oppression but today Blacks are frozen by fear. “We have to move from fear to faith just like Moses and the children of Israel when they got to the Red Sea,” Browning said. “I talked to the young people about how in 1968 when Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy was killed and Nixon was elected President.”
“As young people we had to rely on our elders who reminded us that through faith we can’t be overcome by our fears.” Browning said “Despite his fear Turner moved forward.”
The Rev. Henry P. Davis, pastor of the First Baptist Church Highland Park in Hyattsville, Md., said “I told my congregation that they have to be positive and keep going forward. We can’t redo what has happened and ultimately our trust is in God. If we were people of faith before the election we have to remain people of faith after the election because the God that we serve is the same God now.
“It is critical that we stay involved in the process and I have to look from a spiritual perspective. I have to put my trust in Lord and while we are dealing with a President who is limited by a term, we serve a God who is unlimited.”
Davis said he wasn’t surprised that Clinton lost to Trump. “Many people voted for Hillary out of obligation as opposed to inspiration. Eight and four years ago you heard people for hours to vote but this time Hillary didn’t garner that same type of enthusiasm.”
Regardless of what Trump does, Davis said his congregation’s new building is designed to make a difference in the community. “The Lord allowed us to build a $20 million sanctuary not so we can just have a more comfortable place to worship but to make a difference in our community and to make sure that our neighborhood is uplifted people are able to race our aspirations and we want to see Jesus.”