Pastor Wright’s sermon
D.W. at Flying Farther has a few really good recent posts on the Obama/Wright/Black Theology controversy, and I urge you to click over there for his insights.
A few of my co-bloggers have weighed in over at Vox Nova as well, and although I have decided to take a hiatus from blogging there, I had to post some comments in the combox of Blackadder’s recent post there which profoundly distorts the main ideas of black theology, largely under the influence of this error-filled article. I am not an expert in black theology or the work of James Cone, though I know the general moves it makes, as well as how it fits into the overall “family” of liberation theologies. Thus I can speak in its defense to some degree, especially with people who clearly cannot seem to wrap their mind around the basic claims that black theology makes.
D.W.’s latest post is a YouTube video (copied below) of the infamous “God damn america” sermon delivered by Pastor Wright. The video first shows the brief clip that has been played on u.s. news, followed by a longer clip from the sermon, showing the words “God damn america” in their proper context. I don’t know much about Wright other than this sermon, but I find nothing hateful about this sermon. Rather, it is simply true. And as we observe today on Good Friday, it is those who speak the truth who end up scapegoats.
For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice. (John 18:37)