Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner who just won’t go down, now has African-American pastors thinking that he will work in the best interest of blacks all over America.
No wonder black churches have trouble these days filling their churches.
On Nov. 30, Trump attending a meeting with black pastors from all over the country in New York City in what he thought was an endorsement. When it didn’t turn out that way, he canceled his high-profile news conference, but he still met with the pastors, calling it an amazing meeting.
“This meeting was amazing,” Trump said in a more subdued press conference than the one he promised just a week ago. “Amazing people. We must have had more than 100 in the room. We all thought it was such a good meeting … and we have many, many endorsements that came out of the meeting.”
African-American pastors actually endorsing Mr. Trump? Who would had thought that this day would come, especially after the incident in Birmingham, Alabama where a Black Lives Matter protester was getting his butt kicked in the crowd and Trump endorsing it.
But Trump speaking at the pastor conference is not the topic here. The matter at hand in this column is the pastor’s willingness to ignore the grievances of their own congregations for self-gratitude, and for a shining example of this, may we present to you event organizer, Darrell Scott:
“The African-American community needs to be ashamed of themselves of the way they’ve reacted to our meeting with Mr. Trump. They accused Mr. Trump of being an insulting individual but they’ve levied insults at us that I wouldn’t levy against people I hate … They don’t know the Donald Trump that we know.”
And quite frankly, Mr. Scott, you don’t know your own congregation, which can easily be applied to pastors all over America. Find an African-American church in America and look at the neighborhoods around them? Churches are supposed to act as the pillars of a community, but the neighborhoods around black churches have only gotten worse while their pastors continue to beg for money from those who can ill-afford to give.
Scott’s comment was insulting to all African-Americans, who have legitimate concerns about Donald Trump. This is not to say that Trump is a bad person, he’s not, but to ignore the concerns of your own congregation and talk down to them is an insult, and quite frankly, is why the memberships of black churches are going down.
Scott’s, and the rest of the pastor’s comments, are proof that these pastors could care less about their congregations and would rather throw them under the bus than listen to their grievances.