Not many have missed the disgusting racial vitriol spewed by the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Not many have missed the “repudiation” from Barack Obama. What is it exactly that this represents and what does it mean to Christianity and to the United States? I will seek to analyze the meaning.
First, I must preface this document with what Christianity means overall to the non-radical. Jesus came for souls and yes, to end slavery. What’s that you say? He came to end slavery? Well yes, but careful now, lest we lose his message in this one statement. Jesus came to free man (all of man folks) from the slavery of sin. No more than this slavery of sin, no less. Jesus was specifically ignored, as the messiah, by the Jewish religious leaders because they expected, specifically, a conqueror and political messiah. What they misinterpreted, in the opinion of the Christian faith, is the nature of the prophecy and the nature of the messiah.
Now understanding this nature of The Messiah in the Christian Faith, we understand that indeed the Jews were subjugated by the Romans, yet Jesus made no attempt to address this. Jesus specified he came to open up the kingdom of God through his sacrifice. He did not come to free physically, the Israelites. Do we then understand, now, the reason some Jewish religious leaders helped to crucify him?
If Jesus did not physically free the Israelites, then should we consider Jesus specifically addressing the issue of the subjugation of the Africans? Would Jesus address this or would he again be concerned with their immortal souls? Is there again a misunderstanding of why Jesus came? What would Jesus say in this day and age about a past subjugation that no longer exists? I strongly doubt Jesus would come here with that specific endeavor in mind. Why then would a man who represents and purports to repeat the words of God, and his son Jesus Christ, have the audacity to hope that Jesus would speak these words? As a spokesman for the word of God and Jesus Christ, he should then be concerned as Jesus was, for the immortal souls of his “flock”. Is the hateful language something Jesus would use? Jesus was the one who spoke repeatedly of forgiveness. The messiah addressed his disciples on turning the other cheek and forgiveness numerous times. Jesus spoke the words “forgive them” while dangling from a cross bleeding profusely.
How then do we get to this point in a Christian church where hate and divisive language are cheered on by the congregation? Remember, the pastor, or priest, passes on the words of the Lord. Are these the words of the Lord? No they are not the words of the Lord, and as a matter of fact Mark 13:5 says “ And Jesus answering them, began to say, ‘Take heed lest any one may lead you astray’ ”. Even further in Mak 13, Jesus says to his disciples, “And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect”. The words of Wright are misleading, sure enough, and not of the Lord. Make no mistake about this. Making these statements in church and in the name of God is directly mentioned when Jesus mentions “false Prophets”.
Sermons, like those of the “Reverend” Wright, sound more like the vitriol and hate spewed from the Blind Sheik or speeches videotaped and sent out from Osama Bin Laden. The same hate for other groups of people can be found right in the radical mosques around the world. Are we seeing an emergence of a Radical Christianity much like the Wahhabi sect of Islam? What started as a radical group has spread throughout the world and throughout the Muslim world, like a cancer. Will we hail the days of Reverend Wright as the beginning of Radical Christianity? Will we then see your “typical white person” assaulted on the streets or blown up with car bombs in retaliation for “creating the AIDS virus to kill blacks”?
With divisive and vitriolic words from what the black community hails as its prominent leaders, what are we to think of the black community? Is this feeling much the same we have for Islam? Without those specifically speaking out against the hatred, then do we consider silence, agreement? Do we not consider the same for Islam? Hymie town, Zionists, Jewish being referred to as the diamond merchants, white greed, typical white people, and white conspiracy are all things we hear from Reverend Al Sharpton, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Islamic minister Farrakhan, and Reverend Jeremiah Wright. So exactly when do we consider what the real thoughts of the black community might be?
Jesus spoke of love and forgiveness. Osama Bin Laden, Muqtada Al-Sadr, “Reverends” Jackson, Wright, Sharpton, and Farrakahn, all speak of division and anger at past ills, and propagate hate and ill will. I see no difference between all of these people, except one, the Lord Jesus Christ. I find myself listening to the words from these “Christian” pulpits and ask myself the well recognized words, “what would Jesus do?”. I am surprised that these latter named “Christian men of God” do not seem to consider what Jesus would say or do. I do notice one other difference between the Lord and these other men. Christ had no personal wealth or possessions, yet these men who spout hate then foment anger, more hate, and riots, all live in houses like those the “rich white men” live in or have extremely large bank accounts. Wright speaks of white greed, yet when reverend Wright lives in a million dollar home with a 10 million dollar line of credit, I would say that is rich and a bit greedy. Note Wright’s attack on “the pursuit of middleclassness”, and his far surpassing it on the way to riches. Perhaps the hate and division is a means to an end for wealth or power, neither of which Jesus sought. Perhaps the black community should consider the words of God and his son Jesus Christ for themselves, rather than be led like lemmings, over the cliffs of hate, fear, anger, and envy by those who seek personal gain on the backs of their congregations.
What this means for the Christian church and the United States is division, racial violence, and possibly a future for Christianity that bears even more of a resemblance to Islam and the violence done in its name. This is in a stage that should be addressed before it reaches the epidemic magnitude that radical Islam has reached. I implore the congregations of churches and the people of the United States to ask themselves what means to an end the hate spouted from religious leaders brings. Who benefits and who suffers? What would Jesus say, folks? Remember that the next time you attend church. It’s a litmus test I think we all should apply.