I Had Hoped Pastor Wright Would Be A Man Of Vision And Discipline—I Was Mistaken
I was at first very open to Pastor Jeremiah Wright.
I felt some of the clips playing over and over on TV made sense.
I felt in some respects Pastor Wright was mirroring Martin Luther King in asking if America was in many ways a wicked nation that possibly merited judgement.
Beyond the public issues, Pastor Wright also reached me on a personal level.
At least according to family lore, I’m descended from people who were on the Mayflower.
People on the Mayflower were not at home with the society they were born into.
In my late teens and and early 20′s, I was a 1980′s Midwestern hardcore punk rocker.
Without exaggerating the bent of people who—for the most part—lived as others do, this was a crowd that had little affection for the tone and temper of American society.
There was definitely a Puritan tendency among punk rockers—A rejection of what was taking place around them.
I have a measure of sympathy for homeschoolers and Black Muslims.
They look around and are repulsed. Why wouldn’t they be?
So I welcomed Pastor Wright. I thought he might be a new voice. I thought he might have the discipline and personal austerity to reject the culture and add a new and needed dimension to the public discussion.
Jeremiah Wright is just another Andy Warhol ( photo below) 15 minutes-of-fame media hog. He says he hates the culture, but really he loves it. He found himself in the glare of lights cast by the bigots and idiotic cable channels, and he could not resist the starring role.
Not only that, he acted out of anger at Barack Obama instead of simply making his case for good or ill in a calm and disciplined way.
Pastor Wright has no obligation to help Barack Obama. But it is hard to see how he is serving his God or anybody else with his current conduct.
Please see the picture of Pastor Wright at the top of this post with another man who lacks discipline and self-respect.
Below is Jeremiah Wright’s secular idol along with Jimmy Carter. After a rough Presidency and rejection at the polls, Jimmy Carter made a patient step-by-step case that he was in fact a man of decency and vision.
Pastor Wright could still follow that better course–final judgement is not up to me–but he sure does not seem like a prophet or a leader of any kind at this point.