“He was a good man … Preacher by 13, Pastor by 18, Public Servant by 23… What an example he set. What a model for his faith.” – Remarks from President Obama on the Rev. Clementa Pickney
Let the church say Amen! President Obama delivered a raw and inspiring Eulogy today at the Homegoing Services of Senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney. The president rose saying giving all praise and honor to God and commenced with speaking about the significance of the life of the late Rev. Clementa Pinckney. He shared how one of Pinckney’s colleague’s said that Rev. Pinckney was the best of them.
President Obama’s central message was God’s Grace. The sentiment is connected throughout his entire speech.
In regards to the shooter, the President essentially said what Roof thought was going to be a beginning to more hate, God turned it into a ending. President Obama said, “An act that he imagined would incite fear and recrimination, violence, and suspension. An act that he presumed would deepen divisions that trace back to our nation’s original sin. Oh but, God works in mysterious ways.”
“God has different ideas. He didn’t know he was being used by God.” (Take that in) Powerful words by the President.
Our POTUS then went on to talk about the Confederate flag saying, “We have to acknowledge that the flag has always represented more than just ancestral pride… The case for which they fought. The case of slavery was wrong.” *cue organ player*
President Obama didn’t just stop there; he also spoke on Gun control. It was woven it perfectly.
Notably, the President also mentioned disparities with Blacks using the example of how Johnny and Jamal may apply for the same job but only Johnny gets a call back for an interview because of his name.
It seemed as if the President finally got the things off his chest he’s been waiting to say his entire presidency.
And let’s not forget that he sung Amazing Grace.
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With all that being said, we still can’t describe how great this eulogy was, so watch it below: