**Warning: Political rant ahead. You have been warned.**
Many of you have no doubt seen the recent tirade by the preacher at Barak Obama’s home ‘church.’ I won’t replay it here. You can see it here. Anyhow, Mr Obama has been answering a lot of really tough questions about this ‘sermon’ that Mr Jeremiah Wright ‘preached’, and now hopes that it will all soon go away. (Turns out Mr Obama also called for Don Imus’ termination when he fouled up a while back and Fox News is reporting the difficult hypocrisy of this decision.)
Well, Mr Obama gave a
sermon speech today (I think) concerning, at least in part, this issue of Mr Wright’s message of racial reconciliation divisiveness in our country. Here’s what Mr Obama had to say in part:
In the end, then, what is called for is nothing more, and nothing less, than what all the world’s great religions demand – that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Let us be our brother’s keeper, Scripture tells us. Let us be our sister’s keeper. Let us find that common stake we all have in one another, and let our politics reflect that spirit as well.
For we have a choice in this country. We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism. We can tackle race only as spectacle – as we did in the OJ trial – or in the wake of tragedy, as we did in the aftermath of Katrina – or as fodder for the nightly news. We can play Reverend Wright’s sermons on every channel, every day and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words. We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she’s playing the race card, or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies.
We can do that.
But if we do, I can tell you that in the next election, we’ll be talking about some other distraction. And then another one. And then another one. And nothing will change.
That is one option. Or, at this moment, in this election, we can come together and say, “Not this time.” This time we want to talk about the crumbling schools that are stealing the future of black children and white children and Asian children and Hispanic children and Native American children. This time we want to reject the cynicism that tells us that these kids can’t learn; that those kids who don’t look like us are somebody else’s problem. The children of America are not those kids, they are our kids, and we will not let them fall behind in a 21st century economy. Not this time.
Again, Mr Obama is quoting from Scripture and again he is wrong. The bottom line is that this: It is simply not true that “all the world’s great religions demand – that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us.” In fact, it is only Christianity that demands such a thing and to take the words of Jesus Christ and put them into the mouths of every other world religion is downright stupid and ignorant. Mr Obama I plead with you: Stop quoting Scripture in your
sermons speeches. Please stop taking Scripture out of its context and applying it to your obscene campaign. Please Mr Obama be a politician and stop being a preacher. The Scripture is for Christians not politicians running for office. Please stop. Quoting Scripture out of context in order to justify yourself is not going to win the hearts of those of us who know Scripture and live by it.
Rant # 2:
Here’s what Mr Obama really wants: “We can play Reverend Wright’s sermons on every channel, every day and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words.” If this is true, then why also say this:
But race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now. We would be making the same mistake that Reverend Wright made in his offending sermons about America – to simplify and stereotype and amplify the negative to the point that it distorts reality.
You cannot have it both ways Mr Obama. You can’t say: ‘Stop playing Rev. Wright’s sermons’ and ‘we cannot afford to ignore race right now’. Wright is part of the problem, not the solution. For crying out loud, Hilary dumped Geraldine Ferarro for less! But isn’t this what he really wants? Doesn’t Mr Obama really, honestly, just want this to go away so that he will not have to answer any more questions about it, so that his candidacy, run as it is on the assumption that he is the Messiah, can get back to making speeches filled with empty promises and campaign rhetoric? Isn’t Mr Obama pulling a Clinton and trying divert our attention from things that are substantial issues in this campaign to something that is not? (I think so. Think about it for a minute. Are we supposed to stop thinking about a racially divisive sermon and startthinking about ‘the issue we cannot afford to ignore right now’? And how shall we do that Mr Obama or Mr Obama’s supporters?)
And what is really, terribly offensive is not his words. What offends me is the word ‘Rev’ before his name (Wright’s that is) because he is a man who ought to know better. Here is a man of the Word, entrusted with a pulpit where he can preach peace, reconciliation, and unity and he used his pulpit to preach hate, politics (the politics of self-destruction), and intolerance. I don’t blame Mr Obama; I blame ‘Rev’ Wright. He sounds no different in that clip than Fred Phelps from Westboro Baptist and everyone knows how quick people are to condemn Fred Phelps (and rightfully so!) for the insipid, hateful, devilish content of his ‘sermons’. Wright is a man who must have read this:
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:26-29, niv).
This would be a much, much better message for the ‘Rev’ to preach. In Christ is the message of racial reconciliation!
On the contrary Mr Obama. I think this needs to stay in the loop. We need to know exactly the sort of people you are associating with because these are the type of people you will associate with in your White House. If George W. Bush can be condemned for hanging around with ‘oil people’ or ‘Haliburton people’ then shouldn’t you be held accountable for hanging around with preachers of hate? I think Mr Wright’s
sermon tirade invective ought to be played day after day after day until the election and, if you happen to win, every day after that for the next four years.
No. I don’t think that at all. I think Mr Obama ought to denounce the ‘Rev’, remove his membership from the ‘Rev’s’ ‘Church’, and stop quoting Scripture in his campaign
sermonsspeeches. Has anyone heard if Mr Wright has apologized to anyone for this speech? Has Mr Obama called for Wright’s board of elders to terminate his employment as he did for Don Imus? Has Mr Obama called for Mr Wright’s unconditional resignation and public humiliation? Has Mr Obama called for Mr Wright to invite white people to his ‘church’ on Sunday for a public apology? Has Mr Obama called for the same standard to apply to Mr Wright that he asked, demanded, apply to Mr Imus?
But, besides all this, Mr Wright should stick to preaching the Scripture. If it is not fair for Mr Obama to quote Scripture as a politician then I don’t think it is any more fair for Mr Wright to be a politician from the pulpit. These two men need to learn the role they have chosen and stop mixing church and state (many atheists have told me here that there is no room for religion in the state, no room for God in Washington, no place for God in the state). Mr Obama: Please stop quoting Scripture in order to justify your meaningless campaign promises. Mr Wright: Please start quoting Scripture in order that people might hear the good news and turn to Jesus Christ, not Obama, and be saved. Obama will not give people hope; Jesus will.
On this I agree with the atheists (I realize it is a difficult position I am in here. Agreeing with atheists is, well, odd. But I hope some of my atheist friends out there also call for Mr Obama to stop quoting Scripture.): There must be separation of Church and state because the Word of God, the Scripture, does not exist and was not written and preserved, to justify the political campaign of any politician. Not Obama. Not Hilary. Not McCain. Not Bush. Not Huckabee. Not any of them. It exists for God’s pleasure and will in order that we might know Jesus Christ. That is all. And if such things as reconciliation takes place they take place because of Christ Jesus, not because of a politician or a campaign promise or a hate laced tirade filled with bigoted invective and stereotypes.
Well, that’s all I have for now. I suppose that is enough ranting for an evening. In conclusion, I want to summarize my two major points.
First, Mr Barak Obama needs to stop quoting from the Bible in order to justify his political campaign or a plank in his political platform because he continues to misuse Scripture when doing so.
Second, Mr Jeremiah Wright needs to start quoting from the Bible in order that people might hear the Good News that in Jesus Christ race is no longer an issue.
Third, this one is a necessary corollary of the other two, all of us need to humble ourselves under the mighty right hand of God, submit to his will which is to believe in the One He sent, namely Jesus Christ, and be reconciled to Him through Christ.