Wright's words not very Christian

  • Follow Letters

Regarding the editorial "Rancid racism" (March 17): After reading the editorial that referred to things said by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the words of Galatians 1:6-9 came to mind. In these Scriptures, Paul was telling the church that there are those who would come perverting the gospel of Christ. It also is written, that if any man or angel from heaven preached another gospel than what the disciples had, let him be accursed. The Word also states that "you will know them by their fruit."

In considering what the Rev. Wright has said, what is the fruit of his words? To sum them up, they are words filled with hatred, bitterness, prejudgment, condemnation and wrath, just to mention a few high points. Does this sound like a man walking in agreement with the love of Jesus and of that which his church body would profess agreement?

The Word states that Christians are to walk in love. Anyone considering himself to be a true Christian, then, ought to have the fruit of love in their relationship with Jesus, and an expressed overflow of love to the body of Christ. Is this the fruit we are seeing coming from the Rev. Wright?

The Word states that we will be held accountable for our words -- they will either justify or condemn us. Which one is the Rev. Wright bringing upon himself? As one who has been in leadership of a church, he enters into a stronger accountability. This is passed on to those who would follow in his stead -- the church he has been in charge of. As the headship goes, so goes their church.

Stephen Sitar, North Augusta, S.C.

Comments (155) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
DeborahElliott2
4
Points
DeborahElliott2 03/20/08 - 03:21 am
0
0
To this I totally AGREE!

To this I totally AGREE!

christian134
1
Points
christian134 03/20/08 - 03:59 am
0
0
Thank you Stephen for clarity

Thank you Stephen for clarity of your words. It is the duty of church elders to lead the congregation down the right road. Sometimes this path is diverted to appease the masses. We have to be wary of those who speak something other than that which is written in the Word of God. The entire Word not just bits and pieces that suit our needs but all of it. No one is perfect but we can try to do the best we can for ourselves and othes. I would encourage all who stand up and preach God's message to do so in the spirit of love, fear of God and equality for all.

justus4
113
Points
justus4 03/20/08 - 04:50 am
0
0
The article is an uninformed
Unpublished

The article is an uninformed opinion. The pastor's comments addresses U.S. government policies past & present, but his (White's) choice of words are scary to most whites. That's too bad...but let's deal with the facts. The economy is crumbling around us, the military is being misused to the point of breaking, the dollar is falling like a brick, but the media is stuck on words from a black pastor. Why? The pastor's hands are clean, in terms of acts to destroy human lives. He has not established a covenant, then break it. "All men are created equal" He has not lynched, imprisioned, or use forced labor to build a country, then act like it didn't happen. The pastor does not own any media, nor does any minority, to address the foolishness being batted about. Nooo, this is a trick by the white media to distract the public, while some small banks fail & Bear Sterns be given billions of taxpayer dollars. People, the country is slowly being destroyed, and not by people like Wright. Of course, his words are inflammatory, but deeds are MORE important. And so sadly, most of America will take the bait, swallow the kool aid, and believe the illusion created by fear. Stay focused.

The_Last_Word
2
Points
The_Last_Word 03/20/08 - 05:13 am
0
0
Fear? No unjustus, fear is

Fear? No unjustus, fear is the status quo among those Blacks (apparently a majority) that believe that: The government created HIV, the government pumps Crack into the ghettos, the government blew up the levys in New Orleans, the government caused 9-11, and a million other wacky conspiracies. Blacks are being pulled into a victim mentality by their so-called leaders who pump this drivel into their minds in churches and political gatherings. Believing that the Whites and the government are out to get you - many Blacks sit back and wait for the reparations to come in. If you truly believed that the government was trying to kill you, why on earth would you stay in this evil country?

_synergy
0
Points
_synergy 03/20/08 - 05:20 am
0
0
Leave it to justus4 to defend

Leave it to justus4 to defend a fellow racist......as usual. No surprize there.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
576
Points
JohnRandolphHardisonCain 03/20/08 - 05:36 am
0
0
Leave it to synergy to act as

Leave it to synergy to act as an imposter by assuming other people's real names & screen names. I have used the screen name synergy for 5 years on The Augusta Chronicle Forum. Such people like this imposer cannot begin to savvy the black experience. They want to dismiss slavery as something that was long, long ago. The escape from bondage is still a paradigmatic event in Jewish history & that was thousands of years ago not a mere 143 years ago. Then followed Jim Crow & institutional racism. Pastor Wright has every right to be angry & outraged. The Republican's "southern strategy" is an effort to win southern white conservatives to the GOP by playing the race card. It began with Nixon in 1968 & was perfected by Karl Rove. I recommend that folks look up "On Point with Tom Ashbrook" and listen to yesterday's program. Listen to what Andrew Young & others have to say about the black experience - especially blacks who are a good deal older than Barack Obama. I'm 59 years old & I remember well the segregated south of the 1950s. Since then there continues to be discrimination in housing, in banking, in insurance & in many other institutions. Institutionalized white racism is America's dirty secret.

The_Last_Word
2
Points
The_Last_Word 03/20/08 - 05:37 am
0
0
The hope for Blacks and

The hope for Blacks and Whites is Jesus Chrsit and Him crucified! This crap spewed by Wright does not edify or lead others to Christ. The Bible says, "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." (Philippians 4:8). The Bible and Christians (Black and White) saved the Blacks from slavery and Jim Crow laws. Now Wright has found a new gospel to preach and has forsaken the true Gospel of Jesus Christ crucified, His death for our sins, and His resurrection for our eternal salvation. Blacks and Whites (and all others) who believe that have no race! They have truly overcome. Only when the Wrights of the world are willing to let God handle their grievances will they truly achieve peace. Jesus said to his disciples: "Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come.
It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. So watch yourselves." (Luke 1)

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
576
Points
JohnRandolphHardisonCain 03/20/08 - 05:44 am
0
0
The bible was used to justify

The bible was used to justify slavery. White bible thumpers in the bible belt need to take a good long look in the mirror and assess how much love their brand of Christianity shows to the poor and oppressed in this country and around the world. Certain brands of "Christianity" have been used in recent years to justify opulence. They claim that God's wants them to be rich. Many fundamentalist Christians or evangelicals believe that God chose George W. Bush to be President. Talk about a perversion of religion! Yes, white southern Christian conservatives need to take a good, long, hard look in a mirror before they cast stones.

christian134
1
Points
christian134 03/20/08 - 05:49 am
0
0
Cain time to let it

Cain time to let it go......You and a multitude have whipped that horse or milked that cow so to speak until it can't stand or the milk has soured. Your experience is different than mine and others are just as diverse but the reality is that I or my family had nothing to do with your experience therefore I will not support any claim that says I should be punished or made to pay. What my ancestors did or did not do has no bearing on what I am today anymore than you can blame what happened to your ancestors on others living in the now. I firmly believe that we are to live responsibly, taking care of our families, coming to the aid of each other in the time of need, love and worship the living God teaching others to do the same and mete out justice when deserved. Living off the sorrows and ills of the past does no one good except those who want a free ride in life or those who crave power over others. That being said .....Good mornin' all...:-)

_synergy
0
Points
_synergy 03/20/08 - 06:07 am
0
0
synergy is simply a word in

synergy is simply a word in the dictionary.....it belongs to no one. Only a chronic crybaby would continue to make some sort of deal out of it. JohnRandolphHardisonCain has effectivly turned himself into a joke. Me, personally....I enjoy being a joke, but he seems to think he is a respected person, when in actuality, most people are laughing at him....not with him. He fails EVERY time to answer questions posed to him. His response is to either answer rants with more illogical rants, or ignore the questions all together.

SoonerorLater
0
Points
SoonerorLater 03/20/08 - 06:10 am
0
0
If you took Reverand Wrights

If you took Reverand Wrights speech, and when he was ranting and raving about whites, and put a white preacher on the TV screen and replaced the word "white" with "black" in the "sermon", would you consider him a racist? A leader of a church is supposed to spread the Word of God, to love and be loved, to forigive, to learn togetherness and peace on Earth. How can the rantings of Rev. Wright be considered spreading of God's Word instead of a hate filled diatribe aimed at the country he so hates and the whites whom he claims have kept blacks from progressing forward in life. Honestly, the hate has to stop on both sides, and people who defend hate speech are contributors as well. All it takes for evil is a good man to do nothing.

_synergy
0
Points
_synergy 03/20/08 - 06:11 am
0
0
Cain seems riddled with guilt

Cain seems riddled with guilt over something. Neither me nor anyone I know has owned another human, nor prevented a human from advancing due to their color. I dismiss nothing, but no one alive today is responsible for, nor has been harmed by slavery in America.

Bizarro
13
Points
Bizarro 03/20/08 - 06:28 am
0
0
Rationalizing hate is why the

Rationalizing hate is why the world is in the mess it is in. All I can say is that Mr. Wright is no MLK jr. In fact, MLKjr is rolling in his grave. If this is the sentiment of all blacks then racism will never end. Christ said to "love your enemies". What faith is the Rev Wright- It obviously isn't christianity. Cain, pointing out the errors of others doesn't justify the error of Wright.

DeborahElliott2
4
Points
DeborahElliott2 03/20/08 - 06:36 am
0
0
I heard this reverend speak

I heard this reverend speak and he clearly said that blacks are (used the "N" word) ON TV! If a white person did that, they would be MOBBED! And still OBAMA DEFENDS THIS GUY???????????

bullet40
0
Points
bullet40 03/20/08 - 06:38 am
0
0
cain is guilty about

cain is guilty about something--he had a homosexual relationship with his dad when he was a mere child of 18. The relationship had an "adverse" reaction on him!

patriciathomas
42
Points
patriciathomas 03/20/08 - 06:56 am
0
0
justus4. I like your last

justus4. I like your last sentence. Very funny. Who knew you understood satire?

justthefacts
24917
Points
justthefacts 03/20/08 - 06:56 am
0
0
Yawn, didn't this get beat up

Yawn, didn't this get beat up enough yesterday? It is hard to see anything changing anytime soon.

bullet40
0
Points
bullet40 03/20/08 - 07:01 am
0
0
I used the "N" letter twice

I used the "N" letter twice yesterday and was booted to the curb both times @%$^%$!

soldout
1283
Points
soldout 03/20/08 - 07:29 am
0
0
Race is not the problem in

Race is not the problem in America. The problem is a double standard for two groups of people. Right is right and wrong is wrong. There aren't two sets of ten commandments. Sin is the same for all people; salvation is the same. Anything that is okay for one should be okay for the other. People dont like a level playing field. We all produce fruit and the those around us see it. If we don't like their reaction change the fruit and don't complain about the reaction. That is as complex as it gets.

Signal Always
3
Points
Signal Always 03/20/08 - 07:30 am
0
0
This'll go well.

This'll go well.

september 5th
1
Points
september 5th 03/20/08 - 07:39 am
0
0
the truth of the matter is

the truth of the matter is that men called of GOD to preach HIS gospel are to do just that: PREACH THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST!...evidently jeremiah wright does not meet the criteria of being a man "called of GOD! sadly obama's decision, like a multitude of others, has caused him a chance to be president...association brings on assimilation! in my opinion otis moss indicated, by his statements of support of jeremiah wright on national t.v. that he (moss) is not called of GOD but chose to change his religious affliation to seek the fame and fortune of being the leader of big church... i say this because moss was hand picked by wright as his successor! i wonder if GOD was consulted in this matter! furthermore, many people are of the opinion that racism can only exist in the hearts of whites! not true and jeremiah wright proves this point! i wonder how many people thought of hitler as "a friend and uncle" if the readers of this article are members of a church whereby the pastor preaches anything other than Jesus Christ, stay home on sunday mornings or better yet don't attempt to run for president: as we learned in grade school: people judge you by the company you keep!

DMac_357
1
Points
DMac_357 03/20/08 - 07:43 am
0
0
Stephen's version of the

Stephen's version of the bible is still stuck in Genesis before sin was introduced. The bible is full of wrath. Christians are supposed to walk in Love but when you love someone, you have to tell them when they are wrong, even when it hurts. To allow someone to continue doing wrong without telling them so means that you don't truly love them. Christian said a mouthfull. We have to look at the whole word and not just bits and pieces that we can use to suit our needs. Let's jump off this Wright bashing bandwagon. He stated his opinion and unless you walked in his shoes as a black man, you can't say that your views would be different.

patriciathomas
42
Points
patriciathomas 03/20/08 - 07:49 am
0
0
Wright was wrong and those

Wright was wrong and those that support him are wrong by proxy. The "it's a black thing, you wouldn't understand" is still too stupid to use.

weekapaug05
0
Points
weekapaug05 03/20/08 - 08:00 am
0
0
Cain if you dislike the

Cain if you dislike the "ACES" so much and the folks that post on here why do you sit at the computer ALL DAY LONG and debate 1200 character rants? Why not take another paper, or take up a hobby like model airplane building? I just don't see what you're trying to accomplish by your continuous rants and posts.

pofwe
5
Points
pofwe 03/20/08 - 08:11 am
0
0
A preacher and a salesman are

A preacher and a salesman are a lot alike. They tell their prospects, customers, parishioner's, what they want to hear. Rev. Wright is delivering the words to his congregation that they love to hear, "whitey is evil & we will overcome ..." He knows how to push their hot buttons and fill up the collection plates. So blame the Rev. for not preaching "THE WORD," but his congregation(s) are just as culpable for cheering his words of hatred with their ... ethnic tribal like mantras of Amen. Fear not the American voters are not foolish enough to elect a closet hate monger just 'cause his diction is good. Hillary is down for the count grasping for Barack's shirttail, for a place on the ticket. Who would have "thunk?"

Tall1
1
Points
Tall1 03/20/08 - 08:20 am
0
0
Purvis: BRAVO!! Double

Purvis: BRAVO!! Double Standards indeed. I promise you this: next time I'm called cracker/whitey/etc (none of which will get this post pulled btw) I'll be sure to fire back with a righteous Nig***. Bet that little bit gets this post pulled.

_synergy
0
Points
_synergy 03/20/08 - 08:25 am
0
0
wekapaug05...you should go

wekapaug05...you should go easy on Cain....he's just upset over his repeated and failed attempts to get my account blocked, because he seems to think he owns certian words.

LiLBrown
1
Points
LiLBrown 03/20/08 - 08:36 am
0
0
What gets me is REV. Wright

What gets me is REV. Wright and most AFRICAN AMERICANS stance on Slavery. Yea it was a terrible thing but It was your own African ansestors that sold you into slavery. Your own people had slaves way before old whitey come along. But most only choose to talk about and be mad about the white man. Why people would want to even call themselves AfricanAmerican is beyond me. After all it was Africa that sold em. the white man just bought them. Just drop the African and all the Feel sory for me attitude and lets all just be Americans. GOOD DAY

howcanweknow
2307
Points
howcanweknow 03/20/08 - 08:49 am
0
0
Do a google on Tammy Bruce

Do a google on Tammy Bruce and her concept of malignant narcissism. That is what Wright, Jackson, Sharpton, etc. are doing and are playing the black community like a violin. As Harlem preacher James Manning says (check out his youtubes), if blacks want to rally behind a real AA leader, follow Rice, Powell, Keyes, or Thomas, and not these other clowns.

jiclemens
0
Points
jiclemens 03/20/08 - 09:00 am
0
0
quoting Ed Brayton: "Let's

quoting Ed Brayton: "Let's compare the relative influence over public policy held by Jeremiah Wright to that held by Pat Robertson, James Dobson (not a minister, but
still a major religious leader), Lou Sheldon, John Hagee, Rod Parsley, the
late Jerry Falwell and a number of other prominent religious right
leaders. All of these men have said things that were not just equally
crazy but things that were far more hateful and destructive than anything
Wright has said. They've blamed 9/11 on gays and the American Civil
Liberties Union, said that Hurricane Katrina happened because New Orleans
was a city of sin, said that only Christians should hold public office and
many more things that should be condemned by any rational person."
It's time to give this issue a rest or be called on your own hysteria.

Back to Top

Search Augusta jobs