Posted by: Winslie Gomez | 17/03/2008

Wright on the Button?

I am reminded of another preacher, by the name of Jesus, cursing an unproductive fig tree. ” Hilary never had a cab whizz past her and not pick her up, because her skin was the wrong colour”

Some people in America, have got their knickers in a twist, over a preacher who has been doing the same thing for the last, I don’t know, bloody long time. And now, their hissing over some guy they keep calling, Hussein.

All because they can associate/introduce some hate into the otherwise charismatic front runner

Barack

Obama.

He has to distance himself from what is essentially the motto of the church “Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian”.

Some want to jump on the racist bandwagon.

Only the oppressed can resonate with Liberation Theology or Black Theology which is a form of “Christian Socialism” too close to the memory of McCarthyism.

So, you might not agree with Afrocentric rhetoric, neither would you probably with Wahadi-ism, nor with the manner of black preacher delivery, style or terminology.

The offence it would appear is that ex-pastor Jeremiah Wright, committed a crime by his parody on God Bless America, into God Da** America.

Was he completely off his rocker to use offensive terminology?
I can accept from a UK perspective that a nation where patriotism has a higher expectation will undoubtedly be offended. In a way, perhaps, that is exactly what the preacher wanted to do.

To awaken the nation into taking a good look at itself and it’s history.

It would be prudent to leave this subject to the Americans and here is one doing just that and does Pastor Wright preach Black Supremacy some obviously think so.

For us as observers, the importance of this election is relevant, especially as the UK Conservative Party appears to be growing in popularity and if the people of USA elect either Clinton or McCain, then we are in for the next world war.

I am reminded of another preacher by the name of Jesus cursing an unproductive fig tree, as recorded in Matthew ch 11: versus 12-21.

12The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry.

13Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.

14Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.

15On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves,

16and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.

17And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written:
” ‘My house will be called
a house of prayer for all nations'[c]? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.'[d]”

18The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.

19When evening came, they[e] went out of the city.
The Withered Fig Tree

20In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots.

21Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”

If you can explain Jesus’ words, then perhaps you can do the same with Wright. Pastor Wright is the only person who knows why he felt the need to be offensive

Is he saying that what he calls home, is a nation that is :

without substance, full of hypocrisy, bearing no spiritual fruit, ripe for judgment” Read here

Let conscience be your judge.

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Responses

  1. Winslie,

    Thanks for your comments over at Afrospear. I agree with your sentiments wholeheartedly. This post provided an interesting perspective… especially as you are observing these events from the UK. I am in Canada.

    Shawn over at Dallas South blog has a 3 part series on “The Media Lynching of Rev. Jeremiah Wright”. I highly recommend checking it out. He is right on point in his assessment of this issue.

    Blessings.

  2. Came across this and think it is relevant.

    “Obama’s Minister Committed “Treason” But When My Father Said the Same Thing He Was a Republican Hero”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-schaeffer/obamas-minister-committe_b_91774.html

  3. My God, Jesus preached internal change and spiritual renewal, not race hatred and Marxist up-ending of social relations. Besides, blacks aren’t oppressed in America, as evidenced by the millionaire Obamas and the “make work” job white people gave Michelle Obama.

  4. Mr Roach
    Should I assume that your Jesus is the baby in swaddling clothes in the manger and you are happy to sing “He’s got the whole world in his hand”.

    Please tell me, why did he do this,(according to Mathew)?
    15. On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves,

    16. and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.

    17. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written:
    ” ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’[c]? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’[d]”

    I see a Jesus who had the moral courage to admonish trickery and deceit by any and all.

    Believe it not, that Jesus is as real as you are to me.

  5. […] Sitting here in UK, I too am moved by the speech yesterday in Philadelphia, by Barack Obama to answer race related issues. […]

  6. I don’t know Pastor Wright, but one could compare Jesus words about the fig-tree with the passage about Zacchaeus in Jericho (Luke 19): While Jerusalem is the « chosen », that doesn’t mean that his « fruits » are good, and while Jericho is the « cursed » (Joshua 6 :26), that doesn’t mean that it cannot have good « fruits » (i.e. Zacchaeus). Note that Zacchaeus climbed in a « sycamore-fig tree ». As usually Jesus puts things upside down. He shows that the last one can become the first. It is about hope.

    200 years ago, black people seemed to be « cursed ». May be in autumn 2008, a black man will be the most powerful man in the world. Might be a sign.

  7. At the time Jesus came, the merchants were corrupted they along with Jewish Rabbi’s and the King formed the triangle of corruption as I mentioned in my post “Religion and War” .
    http://persia1.wordpress.com/2008/03/25/religion-and-war/
    The belief and religion was serving Gods of wealth and force rather than people and the God.
    There is one more thing I would like to add and it is not even directly related to this post. Is there any historical document about Jesus and what he said and he did?!

  8. Parsin
    Thank you for the comment. Spot on!

    As for your question it is an importatnt one and we do need to give an adequate answer:

    The four Gospels (accepted by canon) and the writings of Paul (New Testament) are among the earliest known documents relating to Jesus’ life, written after his death, approx between 65 and 100 A.D
    This chap has a refutation of Jesus. I don’t necessarily agree with him but …
    http://mama.indstate.edu/users/nizrael/jesusrefutation.html

  9. Sorry Parsin Typo

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