Congregants clapped, swayed and sang “This is my story. This is my song. Praising my savior all day long,” filling the small sanctuary with song.
Many were long-time members of Cobb County’s oldest African-American church, founded in 1854, but a few attendees had skipped their home church’s services just to hear and see Cain in person.
Sixteen-year-old Glendon Genty, a practicing Catholic who lives in Powder Springs, attended the service alone. A friend had told him that Cain would be speaking, and, “as a libertarian, it’s just nice seeing a brother in our lord Jesus Christ,” he said.
Genty was joined by about 50 others in the building tucked behind the homes on Friendship Church Road, a few miles from Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
The Rev. Brendan A. Jenkins met Cain many years ago, he said, when they were both members at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta. The men have remained friends, and Cain leaped at the opportunity to speak at Jenkins’ church yesterday, he said while introducing Cain to the audience.
“If I said that he was a presidential hopeful in the last election, you would say you know that. … I am here today to introduce you to a preacher, a husband, a father and a grandfather. The Hermanator,” Jenkins said.
Cain, who lives in McDonough, made it clear that he was not present to fulfill any political or business-related duties, rather as “a child of the King.”
“Come on y’all, say it again,” he said, and the crowd echoed, “Amen.”
He asked the congregation, “Have you ever felt like just giving up?” and then launched into his prescription for fighting despair, which consists of three steps:
1. Get down and pray;
2. Write down your blessings; and
3. Turn down the noise in your life.
Cain stressed the importance of prioritizing and simplifying one’s life, and retold the story of his bout with colon and liver cancer, concluding that, “God is still in the miracle-working business,” as he has been cancer-free for seven years.
Congregants were moved to their feet as Cain spoke.
Many were familiar with Cain’s weekday political talk radio show that airs on WSB between 9 a.m. and noon, and Cain joked with the audience, urging them to tune in, as the show is excluded from the rest of the “noise” congregants need to turn down in their lives.
“Our nation now is troubled and perplexed,” he said, warning that, “people are trying to take God out of our culture.”
Problems in life are temporary, he preached, urging congregants to “get up and get empowered by the word of God.”
The crowd rose to their feet to join Cain in song, and a few were brought to tears.
“It was magnificent,” said Louis Walker, of Marietta. He normally attends Zion Baptist Church in Marietta, but wanted to hear Cain speak Sunday, he said.
Lois Brock, a congregant for over 50 years, admitted the 100-member church was especially packed on Sunday for Cain’s visit.
“I think it was outstanding. If people left with the word, then we did what we came here to do,” Cain said.
When asked if he would be running for future political office, Cain replied, “Pray for me.”