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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Controversial Jeremiah Wright Sermon Now Online

The transcript and audio from the controversial Jeremiah Wright sermon is now online.

Read here or listen here.

The text is based on Luke 19:37-44.

And it is titled God and Government (4/13/03)

Here's a snippet:

Governments fail. The government in this text comprised of Caesar, Cornelius, Pontus Pilot – Pontius Pilate – the Roman government failed. The British government used to rule from east to west. The British government had a Union Jack. She colonised Kenya, Guana, Nigeria, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Hong Kong. Her navies ruled the seven seas all the way down to the tip of Argentina in the Falklands, but the British failed. The Russian government failed. The Japanese government failed. The German government failed. And the United States of America government, when it came to treating her citizens of Indian decent fairly, she failed. She put them on reservations.

When it came to treating her citizens of Japanese decent fairly, she failed. She put them in internment prison camps. When it came to treating her citizens of African decent fairly, America failed. She put them in chains. The government put them in slave quarters, put them on auction blocks, put them in cotton fields, put them in inferior schools, put them in substandard housing, put them in scientific experiments, put them in the lowest paying jobs, put them outside the equal protection of the law, kept them out of their racist bastions of higher education and locked them into position of hopelessness and helplessness. The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law, and then wants us to sing “God Bless America.” No, no, no. Not “God Bless America”; God Damn America! That’s in the Bible, for killing innocent people. God Damn America for treating her citizen as less than human. God Damn America as long as she keeps trying to act like she is God and she is supreme! .....

When God says it, it’s done. God never fails. When God wills it, you better get out the way. ‘Cause God never fails. When God fixes it, oh believe me, it’s fixed. God never fails. Somebody right now, you think you can’t make it, but I want you to know you are more than a conqueror, through Christ you can do all things, through Christ who strengthens you. To the world, it looked like God has failed in God’s plan of salvation when the saviour that was sent by God was put to death on a Friday afternoon. It looked like God failed. But hallelujah, on Sunday morning the angels in Heaven were singing, “God never fails.”

You can’t put down what God raises up. God never fails. You can’t keep down what God wants up. God never fails. If God can get a three-day Jesus up out of a grave, what’s going on in your life that in anyway can’t match what God has already done? He’ll abides with you, he’ll reside in you, and he’ll preside over your problems if you take them to Him and leave them with Him. Don’t take them back – turn to your neighbour and say “stop taking your problems back.” Should we always bring our problems to the altar and then do we just them right on back to our seats? Turn and say “Stop taking them back!” God never fails. Turn and tell them “God never fails!” God never fails!

And a snippet that speaks to the belief that Wright is anti-white:

Long before there was a red, white and blue colonization, the Egyptian government was doing colonization. They colonized half the continent of Africa, they colonized parts of the Mediterranean. All colonizers ain't white. Turn to your neighbor and say "oppressors come in all colors." Hello, hello, hello."

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4 Comments:

Blogger Cat's Dad said...

Clearly, he must be for overturning Roe v. Wade?

10:16 AM

 
Anonymous Lee said...

It's all about context.

I'll bet, if I gave it the effort of a college sophomore "B" student, I could find all kinds of examples of things said from pulpits of predominantly caucasian, Southern Baptist congregations decrying the moral condition of America and saying essentially the same thing. The one big difference is that none of them have a prominent member running for President of the US on the Democratic ticket.

And I've heard plenty of things from a lot of white, middle class Republicans in recent days which demonstrate that they clearly do not have any depth of understanding of the struggles that African Americans have faced in the past, and continue to face, in this country, and do not see that as anything "evil." That's still, today, right now, in 2008. As a white American male, I will never be able to relate to the kind of treatment that African Americans and as a result, I am not in any position, nor will I ever be, to judge. McCain's campaign would be very, very wise to leave this alone. Should Obama become the Democratic nominee, using this would virtually guarantee his election.

You'll not catch Fox News playing the whole sermon, will you? Especially since, in context, it more or less confirms Obama's position, as well as the way he handled it. Some of Wright's other remarks, the conspiracy theories about the government promoting drug abuse among African Americans, and seeding the black community with the AIDS virus, are pretty well out there in left field, but they are no more paranoid, in terms of their content, than some of the stuff that circulates in the caucasian Christian community, especially among its more fundamentalist elements.

Big difference, Cat's Dad, between being against the practice of abortion, but being for overturning Roe v. Wade. Even GWB isn't for that, nor are either of his two supreme court nominees. McCain isn't for that either.

7:28 PM

 
Blogger Cat's Dad said...

lee,

Sure, there's a big difference for politicians--a hypocritical one.

I don't expect politicians to put principles before politics in making policies--being the pragmatists they must be--but I do expect God-called pastors to be above rationalizing moral principles for political expediency.

All killing of innocents should be against the law.

7:57 AM

 
Blogger CB Scott said...

Big Daddy,

Run quickly. You can still get away from this quagmire.

cb

2:26 PM

 

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