I got this from a reader, which I think is very interesting. I actually went to the Creation Science Museum in Cincinnati this weekend (perhaps more on that later?), so I’m just now able to post this:
Your posting of your husband’s email has prompted me to write. First, allow me to thank you and your family for all you have done and continue to do for our country. Your husband’s service in Iraq, and your struggles at home while he is away, humble me and have inspired me to do more in my own small way. I pray that God will
continue to keep your husband safe, to strengthen you, and to make your many burdens seem lighter.
David’s thoughts on conservatives’ reactions to the controversy over Rev. Wright’s sermons struck a respondent chord within me. I agree that Obama does not seem to be animated by the hate preached by Wright. Nor do I think it incumbent upon parishioners to leave a church over disagreements over politics. Too many today seem to have
the “itching ears” Paul warned us about and seem bent on finding the preacher best adept at scratching their itch. (See 2 Timothey 4:3.) So, I agree, we should be careful not to criticize Obama for not walking out of his church. After all, in the summer, weren’t we called upon to defend Romney from those who demanded to know why he didn’t leave his church over its pre-1978 “racist policies”?
Having said it’s unfair to have expected Obama to walk out on Wright, let me point out where Obama’s actions are worthy criticism. Obama has presented himself as someone who can heal the racial rift that still divides our country. What has he done to advance this reconciliation? From all the facts in evidence, he has done precious
little when he could have done much more. Can the racial divide be bridged when a significant part of the Black community believes that the government created HIV with the goal of eradicating the Black population? If I were a young Black man who believed that the government were actively trying to kill me, there’s no way you’d ever
get me to listen to — let alone believe — what a white politician had to say.
The errors Wright preached as gospel would prevent any believing hearer from ever being a part of any healing of this great wound in our country’s soul. Yet, Obama sat through those sermons without, as far as we can tell, doing anything to correct Wright. I believe each of us have a moral duty to try to correct error and to point towards truth. Sometimes (even usually), this duty is best fulfilled privately. Perhaps that’s what Obama tried to do. Yet, in all his
public speaking, why has Obama never found an appropriate venue to declare the truth? Surely, somewhere and sometime he could have declared boldly that the USA is not trying to kill its Black population! I cannot imagine you our your husband remaining mum while your minister spoke similar untruths from the pulpit. You wouldn’t have stood up in church to denounce the error (I don’t think!), but you would have found an appropriate avenue for your
views to be known. Should we expect anything less from someone who wants to be president?
While it might be possible to excuse Obama for continuing to work behind the scenes to address Wright’s erroneous teachings (although what that excuse might be escapes me), what excuse is there for Obama’s continued silence now that Wright’s views have been given a wider audience? While denouncing Wright’s “controversial” statements, Obama has yet to clearly state which of Wright’s positions he considers controversial and to point out where Wright is clearly wrong. Instead, Obama has sought to excuse Wright’s misguided statements as the product of a righteous anger. No racial healing can come from that approach.
So, David’s right. We should not condemn Obama for not leaving his chuch over Wright’s political rants. We can, and should, consider Obama’s failure to live up to his duty as a political leader to find some way to clearly say he disagrees with Wright’s political views — particularly when those views are so poisonous.