I have researched Rev. Wright's theology. He is heavily in to Black Liberation Theology which has no vital link to actual biblical Christianity. Liberation Theology of any stripe uses Christ as a figure of liberation from social oppression and bids church members to rise up and against the oppression and oppressors (in Black Liberation theology that would be the rich white oppressors), etc. etc. The personal need for the forgiveness of sins and Christ's ability to save our souls for eternity are either in the background to social liberation now or absent all together. There is also a strong "African-Centeredness" notion in Wright's teaching. It's a sort of racism no matter how Rev. Wright wants to paint it. So, what would Barack Obama's response be? In a written statement Obama said-
In an interview about Wright's sermon statements, Obama said-
"None of these statements were ones I had heard myself personally in the pews,” Obama told FOX News. “Once I saw them I had to be very clear about the fact that these are not statements that I am comfortable with. I reject them completely they are not ones that reflect my values or my ideals.”
Now, which is worse- a person who commits himself to such a church and it's racist teachings for 20 years or a person who "commits" himself and his family to such a church yet doesn't agree with it's core principles?
On one hand we have a principled person, although his principles would be morally offensive and extremely detrimental toward effectively performing the job of President.
On the other hand we have a person who could be quite connected and seemingly committed to a church that offers no ambiguity about it's core positions, yet ends up saying he doesn't agree with particular statements that support those positions. Is he a fake? Such a person seems very unprincipled to me.
Such is one of the major problems I have with Barack Obama. Who is he and what does he really believe? He wants us to believe he doesn't agree with his pastor on the statements in the clips? His pastor is simply espousing Black Liberation Theology (BLT). Is Barack saying he doesn't agree with BLT? If not, he doesn't agree with a MAJOR Tenant of his church. Who would stay 20 years at church that teaches as one of it's main emphases something you do not agree with? Would you stay at a church that doesn't preach the gospel? Black liberation from rich white oppression is Wright's gospel. The statements in the clips are reflective of a core belief of Trinity United Church of Christ and Jeremiah Wright. Does Barack disagree? What in particular does he disagree with? He wasn't very clear in his written statement.
He may reject these particular statements by Wright, however in so doing he is rejecting the theology that drives them. How can a guy stay at such a place for 20 years and expect anyone to believe he is principled?
In the end I am afraid most Americans won't see the significance of this story. This is a nation that elected Bill Clinton....TWICE. Character does matter. As a nation we just don't seem to get it.