Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Is Rev. Wright a One-Off? Michelle In Charge

From the Confederate Yankee:

I belong to a deliberately diverse church with a substantial African-American congregation and an African-American senior pastor that spends a considerable portion of her time in the pulpit. We are without a doubt a church with a lot of "dancing, clapping, screaming and shouting that may seem jarring to the untrained ear," and we even occasionally have folks overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit fall out in the pews...

...And yet, somehow, we've kept from attacking other races or our country in the process.
Is it true that other predominately African-American congregations applaud when their pastor exhorts them to sing out "God damn America," or is it more likely that most African-American churches focus on honoring the words of Jesus Christ as written in the Bible, and leave the responsibility of damnation to God?

Do other predominately African America churches profess a values system seemingly based more upon the color of their skin than the content of Jesus' character?

Is it a commonly held belief in predominately African-American congregations nationwide that the CIA created the AIDS virus to target minority communities, and that we deserved the terror attacks of September 11, 2001?

Or is it more likely that such illness is isolated to congregations that are pustules of anger, ignorance and intolerance?

I choose to believe that regardless of race, all Christian congregations focus primarily on the Word of God and helping their communities, not blaming others for their misfortunes, real or imagined. Likewise, I choose to believe that congregations of every color focus on thanking God for the blessings he has bestowed upon us, not damning this imperfect nation for the sin of being less than divine here on earth.

Barack Obama would excuse his pastor and his congregation and his own failure to stand up to their bile and bigotry with a defense of "everybody else does it, too."

But that defense—at least I hope—isn't true.

Barack Obama seems content to tar all African-American churches with a wide brush in order to defend the failings of his own church, his pastor, and his own character.

As an individual Christian and a member of the body of Christ, I can forgive him.

As a voter, I don't see why anyone should.

Personally, I think that the Rev Wright's screeds comport very closely with Michelle Obama's weltanschuung--and I think Obamamamama is told where he's going to church by Michelle.

No comments: