Pastor Frederick Haynes III of Friendship West Church knew his congregants would be coming to church on Sunday eager to hear Haynes’ take on Obama’s recently-stated support of same-sex marriage. He’d been fielding multiple requests for “conference calls” with other religious leaders on the topic and was growing increasingly stunned by how many people in his community were freaking out about it, too.
Friendship West is a Baptist congregation, a population which many write off as inherently anti-gay. Their website describes the Church as “a caring community of Christians committed to developing a personal relationship with our Lord that eventuates into a ministry of evangelization, edification, and emancipation, in the Church and the community.”
Haynes was undoubtedly brave to take what he knew could possibly be an unpopular stance with his some of followers (you can hear occasional jeering during his speech) and he is also undoubtedly correct in what he says. I could quote him all day, but you really need to experience it for yourself.
You have to see this. Really, you do: