Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s crackpot pastor, is easy to categorize. He says things that may literally be the product of insanity, because they are simply too outrageous to be true. But that’s not his greatest failing. And it’s a failing shared by more than a few white pastors.
From this brief, but essential article in the current Touchstone:
Jeremiah Wright’s pronouncements are tragic. But they are tragic not just because of what he said, but where he said it. He was standing in the place of Jesus, but channeling Che Guevara. Change the channel and you will find a smiling, non-threatening, pro-America preacher, also standing in the place of Jesus, but he’s channeling Ayn Rand or M. Scott Peck or Peter Drucker.
The answer to both is to preach Christ, and him crucified. Where the gospel is preached, the whole story of Scripture as it is summed up in Jesus Christ, people will find authenticity and wholeness and, yes, liberation—and will do their best to extend that liberation to others.
Preach Christ, and him crucified (1 Cor 1:23;2:2). The only way we will cheat the enemy, death. It’s nothing to do with politics, and everything to do with our immortal souls. As the author reminds us, “Where anything other than Christ is preached, there is no truth offered, and thus, there is no freedom proclaimed.”
Keep this in mind; remember the Joel Osteen-Rick Warren “your best life now” drivel before you cast too many stones at Jeremiah Wright.