Monday, April 28, 2008

Wright Is A Radical Embarrassment

While making dinner this evening I was cutting up veggies for a shrimp stir fry, turned on the TV and found myself watching Hannity and Colmes. In the latest segment of discussion on the show, I got to thinking about the "Rev." Jeremiah Wright, his appearance and the words he shared at the National Press Club meeting this morning. Other bloggers, like Michele Malkin, have covered what Wright said much more extensively than I have here here at Talk Wisdom.

I truly believe that when all is said and done about this man - the ultimate point of it all seems to be that this man is just plain prideful, arrogant, and hopelessly selfish. Wright is currently reveling in his newfound fame and doesn't give a hoot about how much his continual and awful bathering is hurting Barack Obama's campaign.

I am no fan of Obama. Everyone who reads here knows that. However, what I see in this "pastor" is that he is keeping himself in the limelight for his own self-aggrandisement. This means that he is using his current position as a "former" pastor (albeit current "preacher") for the political expediency of the hard leftists in this country. What's really terrible (IMHO) is the fact that he is doing this in such in a way that unequivocably shows his intent on using God to force and promote his own, sinful and selfish will upon others.

Most genuine, biblically based, Christian pastors, preachers, evangelists, and lay persons who speak, teach, pray, educate, inspire, and encourage others towards repentance for salvation in Jesus Christ do so because they want God to use them to spread the Gospel.

Genuine believers, pastors, preachers and evangelists are known for following Jesus Christ and His will...not their own wills.

They are not into antics like Wrights. Wright is, in fact, using God to promote and elevate "himself ." How sad it is that this fanatical lunatic is using God in such a public way that is downright shameful!!

Wright doesn't even preach the Gospel of Christ. He preaches another 'gospel.' - one that has so many negatives attached to it that it can only be labeled as a heresy du jour type of smorgasbord - filled with hate and ugly lies.

What do you think?

Jesus warned us that "by their fruits ye shall know them."

Mat 7:16
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Mat 7:20
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

We know what Wright is all about....and he is definitely showing himself to be on the wrong side of the gospel message.

The man needs to repent!

HT: Michele Malkin

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Update 4/30/08 @ 10:18 a.m. PT

I thought that this Turning Point message reveals the contrast between what a Godly leader SHOULD (regarding giving all the glory to God and not to self) verses, what "Rev." Wright does (purposely giving glory to himself rather than God.)

Don't Be a Thief

Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck [Herod], because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died.
Acts 12:23


Recommended Reading
Acts 14:8-18


In 1997, basketball superstar Michael Jordan had been on four championship teams. But the Chicago Bull's new assistant coach, Frank Hamblen, after twenty-five years in the league, did not have a championship ring. Jordan dedicated himself that year to winning a championship for coach Hamblen. The Bulls won their fifth NBA championship in 1997, and Frank Hamblen got his championship ring.

Michael Jordan chose to deflect glory away from himself, as the NBA's greatest player, toward another person. That's an example of what all human beings are called to do in their relationship with God: Be humble and recognize that God deserves all the glory. Humility is not a matter of self-abasement. Rather, it is a matter of recognizing our place in the grand scheme of things, meaning that God is God and we are not. When we take glory that God is due, we are stealing from Him. And thievery from God is not an enviable place in which to find oneself.

First Corinthians 10:31 says, "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." Be humble. Let God be God. Deflect the glory away from self toward Him.


In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.
C. S. Lewis

Read-Thru-the-Bible
1 Chronicles 23:1 - 25:31


HT: Turning Point Ministries

4 comments:

mike rucker said...

What I see in this "pastor" is that he is keeping himself in the limelight for his own self-aggrandisement.

i tried to post a comment somewhere y'day - was it here? - can't remember.

wright is doing one of two things:

(a)
enjoying his fifteen minutes of fame, getting his face on every printed publication, having a million hits on his youtube videos, and making it an almost certainty that obama loses the general election; or,

(b)
enjoying his fifteen minutes of fame, and trying as best he can to holler what he's been preaching his whole life, thinking, "i'll be d-mned if i'm going to miss this opportunity to make people listen to what people are feeling in black America."

i hope it's (b).

but like you, christine, i bet it's (a)...

mike rucker
fairburn, georgia, usa
mikerucker.wordpress.com

GMpilot said...

CJW: I truly believe that when all is said and done about this man - the ultimate point of it all seems to be that this man is just plain prideful, arrogant, and hopelessly selfish.
...he is using his current position as a "former" pastor (albeit current "preacher") for the political expediency of the hard leftists in this country. What's really terrible (IMHO) is the fact that he is doing this in such in a way that unequivocably shows his intent on using God to force and promote his own, sinful and selfish will upon others.


Which makes him different from, say, Pat Robertson...how, exactly?

CJW: Genuine believers, pastors, preachers and evangelists are known for following Jesus Christ and His will...not their own wills.

They are not into antics like Wrights. Wright is, in fact, using God to promote and elevate "himself ." How sad it is that this fanatical lunatic is using God in such a public way that is downright shameful!!


Like G. Oral Roberts, who turned god into an extortionist?
Claiming god would "call me home" if he failed to raise money ($8 million, as I recall), Roberts managed to squeeze every last spare dollar from his TV flock (and that last few million from a wealthy contributor), not to mention every last shard of respect from everyone else.
Oh, but that was over thirty years ago; you weren't a Christer then, so you likely didn't care either. Back then, American Christians were more interested in leading people to heaven, rather than frog-marching them there as they do now.

As I see it, Wright fancies himself as a "black leader" (why are there never any "white leaders" in press reports?) and grabbed Obama's coattails as a fast track to fame and influence. Six months ago almost no one had ever heard of him; his close association with a US presidential candidate must have been a godsend (pardon the expression) to his ambitions. Much of what he has said are grievances expressed in the African-American churches for decades. He, like evangelicals back in the early '80s, probably looks at Obama as an opportunity for some kind of 'payback'. If he were as smart as he likes to think he is, he'd know that saying about what payback is.
But what well-known clergyman has cared about anything other than power?

CJW: What do you think?

Jesus warned us that "by their fruits ye shall know them."


I think that "the fruit never falls far from the tree". The tree must be diseased, then.

Christinewjc said...

Mike,

Why would Wright turn on Obama like that? Must be something more to it. I ask such questions in my new post.

Did you hear what Wright said at the National Press Club event?

And I said to Barack Obama, last year, "If you get elected, November the 5th, I'm coming after you, because you'll be representing a government whose policies grind under people." All right? It's about policy, not the American people.

That doesn't sound very "supportive" of Obama as a candidate. In fact, it sounds downright threatening!

I think that perhaps Obama isn't being a "correct pawn" for Wright (as well as the countless other big shots that got him started in his career)and now they are doing all that they can to tank his candidacy.

Politics can be brutal...and very mean!

I know that you want to support Obama, Mike. Have any of his latest missteps changed your mind about him?

Christinewjc said...

GM,

I don't see any parallel between Wright and Robertson. You may not like Robertson, but his ministry does a lot of good in the U.S. and around the world. He is nothing like Wright who reveals how much he hates America; puts forth untrue conspiracy theories (i.e. 9/11 and AIDS virus on black men); has racist rants against whites; and supports Nation of Islam radicals like Farrakhan.

I don't know much about Oral Roberts. The T.V. preachers that I do support are Dr. David Jeremiah and John MacArthur. They are solidly Christian, biblically based preachers who run legitimate ministries.

GM, for the past 20 years I have gone to churches with black pastors. Neither one of them ever presented any kind of "black theology." The congregations are of mixed races. I never even knew what went on in churches like Wrights until this story broke. I think that it is a shameful type of philosophy that they preach and not what Jesus had in mind when he told us to "build His church."

Heresy leads to apostasy which leads to the type of bad fruit that we see in Wright.