Monday, April 28, 2008

Black Church Tradition

WASHINGTON - The Rev. Jeremiah Wright says criticism surrounding his fiery sermons is an attack on the black church.
Ok first of all, there is no such thing as “the black church”. “Church” in any meaningful sense of the word cannot be categorized by ethnicity. Shame on you. Secondly, how is it an attack on your entire racially based ecclesial community when someone criticizes you personally?
Barack Obama's longtime pastor says he hopes the controversy will have a positive outcome and spark an honest dialogue about race in America.
Honest dialogue about race? That’s the last thing you want. You want honest dialogue about race? Here it is – this has nothing to do with race! It has to do with you making comments which would be unwelcome anywhere much less in an ecclesial building. The truth is you’re not being criticized because you’re black, you’re being criticized because you’re dead wrong. And that’s something I doubt you can come to grips with.

He said the black church tradition is not bombastic or controversial, but different and misunderstood by the "dominant culture" in the United States.
Maybe we don't understand "black church tradition" I don’t know and don’t care. As mentioned this has nothing to do with “black church tradition” this has to do with you saying something wrong. So quit trying to play the race card and just own up to your mistakes (or take a stand for what you believe if you think it was right to say it).

This reminds me of a time I caught an employee viewing pornography on work computers (at a Christian organization) and was told by my superior (white) “black men look at that differently than white men” and so didn't want to let them go. I don’t care how you look at it and I don’t care what “black church tradition” is, if you do evil or say evil then you’re worthy of being criticized.

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