Saturday, July 3, 2010

Jeremiah Wright's Peaceful Ministry

On one of my Jeremiah Wright posts, a reader has asked if I am aware that "Rev. Wright created the largest congregation in a predominately white denomination 94%+, the United Church of Christ? Trinity UCC's association with the denomination is totally voluntary, as is the 100s of thousands of dollars the congregation donates to support the denomination?"

Jeremiah Wright

If I understand the question correctly, he is saying that former Trinity United Church of Christ, when pastored by Jeremiah Wright, is a part of a mostly white denomination, the United Church of Christ. I fail to see any Christian denomination by the color of its majority body. An exception might be the African Methodist Episcopal. Perhaps my reader is trying to tell me that Wright is mainstream as the pastor of a huge body of churches. And perhaps my reader is right, as United Church of Christ is a part of the far-left and dangerous National Council of Churches.

To me it seems Wright is getting closer and closer to a call for violence, although the reader says he has listened to many of Wright's speeches and sermons and said Wright has never advocated violence. Wright is quoted in the New York Post saying Martin Luther King was wrong to advocate for non-violence. Reader is doubtful of that quote. When I listen to Wright, time after time, and knowing that he embraces and defends Black Liberation Theology (BLT), consider this quote by James H. Cone, the founder of BLT.
James H. Cone: If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill gods who do not belong to the black community. Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy.
What we need is the diving love as expressed in black Power, which is the power of Black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by an means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love. 
Cone is an ordained minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Black Liberation Theology is said to combine some Christianity with Black Power. I believe the movement is growing closer to The New Black Panthers with heavy Islamic influences.  I ask if it is possible we are heading for another Black Power movement? Pick any YouTube New Black Panther video and tell me how much of a Christian influence lingers. Also consider Wright's Hamas sympathies - a terrorist organization.

If Wright is not advocating for violence, he surely has to know that many, many young black men are listening to him, are converting to Islam, and if he has any authority at all among blacks, he is fueling the hate that so often turns to violence.

For those wanting to criticize me for pointing out Wright's racism, his breathtaking lack of patriotism damning America, deriding being born in "the oven of America," praising socialism, and little or no respect for whites, okay, but as I said to my reader, Wright's own words represent who he is. After all, to quote Barack Obama, "words matter."

Jeremiah Wright - Words Matter (video)

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