Michelle Obama Urges AME Church to Vote, Just As 'Jesus Was Out There Fighting Injustice'
By Ruth Miyake - Crossmap On June 30, 2012
First lady Michelle Obama urged 10,000 African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church members to get actively involved in tackling with current issues.
Thursday, at the AME Church's 49th General Conference in Nashville. The First Lady told the congregation that the lives of Christians are not just about Sunday services.
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"Our faith journey isn't just about showing up on Sunday for a good sermon and good music and a good meal. It's about what we do Monday through Saturday as well, especially in those quiet moments, when the spotlight is not on us, and we're making those daily choices about how to live our lives," Mrs. Obama said.
"We see that in the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus didn't limit his ministry to the four walls of the church," she continued.
"He was out there fighting injustice and speaking truth to power every single day. He was out there spreading a message of grace and redemption to the least, the last, and the lost. And our charge is to find Him everywhere, every day by how we live our lives."
Mrs. Obama addressed several civil rights figures like Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others, including some former AME church members who championed civil rights over the past 150 years.
"My husband is in the White House today because of them. Because of those heroes, today my daughters and all our children and grandchildren can grow up dreaming of being doctors and lawyers, CEOs and senators, and yes, maybe even the president of the United States of America," she said.
Despite the significant progress made since the previous generations, the journey has not finished yet, the First Lady warned.
She encouraged the congregation to vote in November, to be engaged and take politics seriously.
Tuning into the voting scene "means being informed. It means following the news, and learning about who is representing us, and how our governments work. It means showing up to vote – and not just every four years, but every year in every election," she exhorted the AME Church members.
Mrs. Obama encouraged them to talk to friends, families and neighbors about what is happening politically, and get others to be registered.
“If a simple fisherman could become the rock upon which Christ built his church, surely we can do our part.”