T.D. Jakes, Barack Obama's Obi-Wan
As mentioned last week, Dallas's T.D. Jakes did indeed deliver the pre-inaugural sermon from the St. John's Episcopal Church pulpit. The pool report contains the entirety of his sermon, delivered in front of 200 invited guests. Jakes, captured here by Patrick Michels at the Dallas premiere of Seven Pounds, quoted from Daniel 3:19 and delivered "four lessons" for President Barack Obama and his administration. Then he spoke directly to the president:
"The problems are mighty and the solutions are not simple, and everywhere you turn there will be a critic waiting to attack every decision that you make. But you are all fired up, Sir, and you are ready to go. And this nation goes with you. God goes with you. I say to you as my son who is here today, my 14-year-old son - he probably would not quote scripture. He probably would use Star Trek instead, and so I say, 'May the force be with you."
My 5-year-old son wishes to issue the correction himself: "That doesn't go with Star Trek. It goes with Star Wars. But that's fine. It's also really, really weird."
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