Two months or so after the video that was posted about his speech in Springfield, Missouri – Rev. Dr. Phil Snider of Brentwood Christian Church added some context to the speech on Saturday.
It’s now received 1.5 million views in the past couple days. On Saturday, Snider wrote:
The last few hours have been a bit of a whirlwind for me, to say the least. I’m really heartened by all of the emails, Facebook messages, and kind words that I’ve received over the last 24 hours. As I read each one, I don’t see them simply as messages that seek to affirm a particular talk I gave on a particular night in Springfield, MO (as grateful as I am for such affirmations), but rather, I view them as a reflection of the thousands — indeed, the millions — of people who, on a daily basis, are journeying together because we believe that our world can be a better place, a fairer place, a more beautiful place — for all people and not just for some — and we won’t stop calling for a more beautiful world to be born. …
A lot of people ask, ‘How can a pastor who values the Bible take this kind of stance?’ Truth be told, there are a bunch of pastors and people of faith across the country who are open and affirming — not in spite of their faith, but precisely because of it. …
Secondly, to the many of you who said, “I wish I lived in Springfield, because yours is a church I could actually attend!” Well, this kind of statement makes my day. … I also want you to know that there are several churches around the US with a similar ethos. We may not be big churches or fancy churches, but we are there.
After discussing some of the issues, he finishes with:
My gratitude to each of you as we try to build a better world together, as we try to live into what Desmond Tutu once called the dreams of God for this world. Not for some people, but for all people.