Friday, March 28, 2008

Obama Still Defending Wright

Senator Barack Obama continued his defense of his racist pastor, Jeremiah Wright, today by saying that Wright was stuck in a "time warp".

“What they spoke to was, I think, a brilliant man who was still caught in a time warp back in the ’60s, early ’70s and the ’50s, where he grew up, and had a sense of where America was and didn’t have a good enough sense of how it had changed,” said Obama. Obama's comment came on an appearance on "The View" earlier today.

If this man cannot grip reality and realize that this is not the 60's, he has no place on the pulpit. Obama can defend Wright all he wants, but the fact is that this says a lot about Obama's judgment and character. As much as he claims that he was not present for "SOME" of these statements, made by Pastor Wright, there is no way that you attend a church for 20 years and not know what types of things are being taught. Especially when you are as involved as Obama has claimed to be.

To go back to something else that I mentioned in this post, Obama said that he was not present for "SOME" of the bigoted, racist, anti-American and hate-filled sermons. So was he saying that he is was also present for some? If he was then there is no excuse for not getting up and leaving in the middle of a sermon. He should of either left the church or asked Wright to resign. It is my personal belief the he was present for some or at least knew of some of the hate-filled sermons delivered by Wright. Because he chose to continue to be a member of the church and had a close relationship with the racist pastor I am certain that his man lacks the judgment and experience to lead the strongest country in the world.

Thank you for reading and God Bless.


Anonymous said...

Campbell professor speaks on real meaning of Christian unity

BUIES CREEK - When Barack Obama refused to denounce controversial pastor and mentor Jeremiah Wright recently, he was doing something that reflected the Bible's teachings about the nature of Christian unity, according to Steven Harmon, associate professor of Christian theology at Campbell University.

As Campbell's Staley lecturer for 2008, Harmon used the analogy in the third lecture in the series, "One Life With Each Other: The Theology of Ecumenism," to illustrate the spiritual meaning of Christian unity as explained by scripture.

A specialist in patristics, or the study of church fathers, and ecumenical theology, Harmon is the author of several books, "Towards Baptist Catholicity: Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision," and "Every Knee Should Bow: Biblical Rationales for Universal Salvation in Early Christian Thought." His research interests focus on ways in which Baptists and other evangelical Christians may find resources in post-biblical early Christian tradition for contemporary faith and practice.

"Christian unity is no easy unity," Harmon said. "We are members of one another, but we can be angry and disagree with each other without turning it into a sin."

Paul's letter to the Ephesians illustrates the theology involved in ecumenism, which is the quest for greater visible unity among the currently divided Christian denominations. Though drawn from different backgrounds and nationalities, the members of the "body of Christ" have been called by God, redeemed and forgiven through his spirit. They are not just members of a church or a denomination, but of a "fellowship" that is directed by God.

Harmon added that the cross of Christ unifies all believers into one body. Baptists and Catholics may differ in their worship practices, but they should tolerate each other in "love" or they will forge divisiveness.

"When Senator Obama said Wright was like family to him, that he couldn't disown Wright because he was a part of him, he was precisely right. Baptism creates a new family that takes precedence over the relationships we have with the families that include parents, siblings, spouses and children," Harmon said.

A graduate of Howard Payne University, Harmon received both master of divinity and doctor of philosophy degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Harmon has pursued additional graduate studies at The Catholic University of America, the University of Dallas and Westfˆilischen-Wilhelms UniversitŠt in Munster, Germany, as well as sabbatical study at Duke Divinity School. He is vice chair of the Doctrine and Interchurch Cooperation Commission of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), a member of the BWA delegation to conversations with the Roman Catholic church, a member of the Order Commission of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and a book review editor for the journal, "Perspectives in Religious Studies."

Harmon has served as an adjunct professor at Southwestern and Howard Payne and as a visiting professor at Duke. He has also served as pastor and interim pastor of Baptist congregations in Texas and North Carolina. In the fall, Harmon will join the faculty of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.

Fonso_2006 said...

This still does not excuse the fact that Obama is a bad judge of character. He disowns President Bush (another believer in Christ). So it doesn't really matter. So I have to disagree with Harmon.

Anonymous said...

leftyg says ....

Why don't you denounce Reverend Hagee and John McCain for seeking Hagee's support? That must make McCain a bad judge of character too. Or is it OK to hate gays and minorities?

I do not think Obama hates President Bush. I think Obama just thinks Bush has done a poor job as president, that he started an unneccesary war, mishandled the economy and shown divisive leadership. He would probably disassociate from the president's actions and deeds, the way he has disassociated himself from Reverend Wright's remarks.

Fonso_2006 said...

It's not the same thing. I do believe that Hagee has said some wrong things, but Hagee is not a spiritual mentor to Senator McCain. McCain has not attended San Antonio's Cornerstone Church for 20 years. Hagee did not marry Senator McCain and his wife or baptize McCain's children. McCain excepted the endorsement because Hagee does have a large congregation (and they do not hold all of Hagee's views). You can't compare this endorsement with the relationship between Obama and Wright.

Barb said...

Obama's choice of Wright's church: could it have been for political reasons only to get in with a large black group? Considering that he is half white, has he been viewed as an oreo by the black community --such that going to this church gave him some street cred? and identified him as black?

That's what I suspect.
Dems want to make the best of the racist rhetoric of Obama's pastor --because he is their great hope for the election. They don't want him to be irretrievably tainted --so they excuse this Rev. Wrong who is building a huge mansion with the poor people's money --and making inflammatory statements that can't be conducive to good race relations.

I thought abuot this before --how a Christian preacher may rail against the immorality of America --and blame us for our own troubles --but when WRight rails against America for racism, etc. it sounds like he's condemning a specific group --not themselves as well --but all the white folks.

leftyg said...

Obama did not seek Wright's support either. However, NcCain went out of his way to get Hagee's support, knowing full well what he was.

Fonso_2006 said...

Obama did seek Wright's support when was a member of that church for 20 years.

Barb said...

lefty g --what do you call "going out of his way" to get hagee's support?

Barb said...

I agree with harmon's view of Christian unity to a point --BUT there are false prophets, and wise people will be able to discern and not follow such people. Rev. Wright is questionable. Anyone who pastors a black church and feathers his own nest extremely --as lavish as royalty --his motives in ministry are questionable.

Here is a black man of great wealth who has "made it" in this country which he considers so racist that black people don't have equal advantages. Seems he does.

mud_rake said...

Funny stuff here by uber fundamentalists. If it was a Democrat, it was wrong; if GOP, it's OK.

Barb said...

Come visit my blog, Fonso. I'll put you on my blog roll soon --when I take the time to update!

mud_rake said...