DETROIT — The Sunday service at Greater Grace Temple began with the Clark Sisters song “I’m Looking for a Miracle” and included a reading of this verse from the Book of Romans: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Pentecostal Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who shared the sanctuary’s wide altar with three gleaming sport utility vehicles, closed his sermon by leading the choir and congregants in a boisterous rendition of the gospel singer Myrna Summers’s “We’re Gonna Make It” as hundreds of worshipers who work in the automotive industry — union assemblers, executives, car salesmen — gathered six deep around the altar to have their foreheads anointed with consecrated oil.
While Congress debated aid to the foundering Detroit automakers Sunday, many here whose future hinges on the decision turned to prayer.
When those of us on the left talk about capital as if it were one entity we miss the fact that corporate interests differ, as does their access to the government. The fact that Congress first thought about not bailing out the auto industry, only to (apparently) decided to bailout GM and Chrysler (as well as Ford to a lesser extent) with significant strings should put that idea to rest. The financial industry and the auto industry are two very different beasts, as exhibited by the pleas of the Detroit faithful.