Black History Month: Politics and prayer

11:12 AM, Feb 24, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- Politics and prayer are often a potent combination, but the pastor at Arlington Church of God in Akron is using the pulpit as a platform for politics.

For Pastor Diana Swoope, it's not about voting Democrat or Republican. It's about voting for good people.

"We can't separate life. Politics is a part of our members lives and as such, we must address and speak to every aspect of their lives," Swoope explains.

As you enter into the church's lobby, you're greeted with a sign that says "Take A Stand." Below that poster are signs and fliers for political candidates.

It was just 47 years ago when all African Americans were granted the right to vote.

It is this struggle -- bloody at times -- that is at the heart of Pastor Swoope's mission.

"We stress that there were persons denied and their humanity and dignity were defiled by the fact they weren't even counted as human being worthy to cast a vote in their own country," Swoope says. 

While Pastor Swoope is quick to point out Arlington Church of God does not sponsor political candidates, she welcomes their dialogue.

"This is a platform where we expose good people to good people," Swoope says.

So while some may question this connection of church and state, this church embraces it as a way to shape the future.


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