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Listen to Jeremiah Wright for yourself

with 2 comments

This is daring, but excellent preaching, and way different from what I’d been led to expect. Way different. I so hope you’ll watch it. Here are some things that surprised me:

  • I heard he quoted Malcolm X; not so. He quotes retired U.S. Ambassador Edward Peck, a veteran diplomat, who said in a TV interview that what Malcolm X had said (“the chickens are coming home to roost”) was true of what was happening to the U.S.A.
  • I heard that he singled out the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; not so. The references to those cities were part of a long list of incidents he mentions to demonstrate a point.
  • I heard that he was anti-American, that he preached hate, that he was anti-white; not so. He’s preaching here as an American (he’s an ex-Marine, by the way). He is preaching in opposition to hatred and revenge! He calls America to carefully consider its path. I found it a tender-hearted, thought-provoking message, well worth hearing.

This is a preacher challenging the morality of a nation of violence, and he’s got a point. If all the criticisms against him are as far from his meaning as the reports on this sermon have been, he’s been sorely slandered, and we’ve been badly misled.

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Written by Monte

March 27, 2008 at 10:35 pm

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  1. Thanks, Lemuelcrouse! Very helpful comments – and encouraging – both here and on the other post. I sense that love of God, too, along with a courage to present Christians with some tough issues. Thank you for your careful thinking and writing!


    March 29, 2008 at 12:25 am

  2. Exactly, Monte: “he’s been sorely slandered, and we’ve been badly misled.” And if in fact I were to criticize Sen. Obama over his relationship with Rev. Wright, it would be that he was too critical of his minister! I, though born and raised a white Southern Baptist, now attend about the most integrated Episcopal church imaginable, with a minister heavily influenced by liberation theology, and I have to say that I do not find Rev. Wright to be all that controversial. On the contrary, I find it incredibly sad that this man of God has been subjected to so much abuse and misunderstanding for purely political ends. A “hater?” The man’s sermons practically ooze the love of God!


    March 28, 2008 at 1:49 pm

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