The basis for Jeremiah Wright’s theology
It would seem that Jeremiah Wright’s theology is based on core values and beliefs that the white, rich man’s God is different from the poor black man’s God. This is the basis for black liberation theology, the theology preached by Jeremiah Wright. If in doubt, go to the website of Trinity Church and checkout the things the church values. These are the values of Jeremiah Wright, the leader of Trinity Church for the past 30 years. These must also be the values and beliefs of the members of Trinity Church, and the Obama’s are members in good standing, for the past 20 years. The liberation theology views the world, and it’s belief in God, on one’s place in the world. Liberation theology is preached in many black churches as the daily struggle of the oppressed black man, looking to God for salvation, while the white man keeps a foot on the black man’s neck.
What liberation theology can not come to grips with is the real world. On Sunday, ministers like Jeremiah Wright preach racism and hatred. But then the members of those churches go to work Monday through Friday in a world that now offers fair and equal pay, good education, fair housing, a means to get ahead. Then on Sunday, they get another dose of how down trodden is the black man.
Most churches ask their members to live what is preached in the church. If this is the case, is Jeremiah Wright asking the members of Trinity Church, Obama included, to go out and hate, to practice racism?
From the Gospel of Luke, Jeremiah Wright seems to have the basis for his theology:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. (Luke 4:18-19).
James Cone was also an influence on Jeremiah Wright and this can be seen in many of Wright’s sermons, based on the following from Cone in 1968:
“Theologically, Malcolm X was not far wrong when he called the white man ‘the devil.’ The white structure of this American society, personified in every racist, must be at least part of what the New Testament meant by demonic forces…Ironically, the man who enslaves another enslaves himself…To be free to do what I will in relation to another is to be in bondage to the law of least resistance. This is the bondage of racism. Racism is that bondage in which whites are free to beat, rape, or kill blacks. About thirty years ago it was acceptable to lynch a black man by hanging him from a tree; but today whites destroy him by crowding him into a ghetto and letting filth and despair put the final touches on death.”
This last sentence from Cone is reflected in many of Wright’s sermons.