***UPDATED @ 2:30PM EST***
It looks like J.W. really could inadvertently send Obama back to Chicago to watch the Presidential contest from the sidelines:
Wright to Obama: ‘Coming after you’
By MIKE ALLEN | 4/28/08 11:58 AM EST
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright said Monday that he will try to change national policy by “coming after” Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) if he is elected president.
The pastor also insisted Obama “didn’t denounce” him and “didn’t distance himself” from Wright’s controversial remarks, but “did what politicians do.”
Wright implied Obama still agrees with him by saying: “He had to distance himself, because he’s a politician, from what the media was saying I had said, which was [portrayed as] anti-American.” (click here to read more)
Wow. With “spiritual advisors” like this, who needs Hillary Clinton or John McCain?
I tried to stay away from the Barack Obama/Jeremiah Wright story as long as I could – primarily because this blog is not about politics.
I know Jeremiah Wright well.
Even though I believe that Jeremiah Wright preaches a different gospel (Galatians 1:6-8), I was willing to let him fade into the sunset (in light of his past remarks that have been replayed all over the world in the last few weeks).
Wright, however, has decided that he hasn’t done enough harm to Obama’s candidacy, so he had to re-emerge to “clear his name”. Please note – I’m not writing to endorse Barack Obama.
Wright went before the National Press Club this morning to continue his return to the media spotlight. Here’s an interesting note from the event:
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright says criticism surrounding his fiery sermons is an attack on the black church.
He said the black church tradition is not bombastic or controversial, but different and misunderstood by the “dominant culture” in the United States.
While whites (the group that Wright is calling the “dominant culture”) may not understand the “tradition” of the black church (whatever that means), I believe that Wright is false to equate an attack on his words as an attack on the black church.
He took to the pulpit of the church to denounce America, which is par for the course as it relates to Wrights allegiance to Black Liberation Theology.
This “theology” is a dangerous assault on sound doctrine because it equates black persecution with the persecution of our Lord (my colleague Independent Conservative did an exhaustive point-by-point study of BLT and it’s founder, James Cone).
When Wright is attacked because of his personal opinion, then it is what it is – especially when his controversial philosophy is the basis of the attack.
In that case, Rev., defend yourself…don’t drag the entire “black church” into your squabble.
Since Wright has so aligned his church with the black value system, one would think that he could come up with a more succinct rebuttal than “we’re just misunderstood by the dominant culture”.
Oh, and if Wright is so intent on having God “damn” America, then why is his church building him a million-dollar house in suburban Chicago?
Isn’t that part of the American dream that Wright wants God to damn?
Maybe Wright will be ruminating over the importance of BLT and the black value system as he’s swimming in his new pool, or retiring to the 2nd floor via his elevator.
The bottom line is this – when people call out Jeremiah Wright, they’re doing just that – calling out Jeremiah Wright.
God is Sovereign, and He knows how to care for His Church.
If Eddie Long, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, Peter Popoff and the various other pimps stalking the pulpit can’t destroy the Church, then Wright can’t either.
A false gospel, however, can dangerously continue to try…