We have been treated to great controversy about the sermons of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. He has been bitterly denounced in The New York Times, by countless commentators, and by his parishioner Sen. Barack Obama.
We have been treated to sound bites designed to make Wright look like a kook. With a few exceptions, the mass media has failed to cover the real substance of the pastor's sermons. One of the sermons that has drawn controversy is one given shortly after 9-11; in fact, a thoughtful and reflectful sermon designed to get people looking at how the way we tend to respond when we feel attacked differs from the way God is calling us to respond.
Trinity UCC has posted this excerpt from that sermon:
Would that people would really listen to what the Lord led pastor Wright to say. Would that we would really reflect on the cycle of violence, and our role in it. Would we then realize, in the words of Bill Jolliff in the clip below, "You've got to choose."