I just watched a video of Barack Obama’s former pastor. The poor man obviously has never learned (or at least has not embraced) some of the basics of Christianity, namely love and forgiveness. And some of the words he says are in the Bible certainly aren’t in MY Bible. I find it really appalling that people who call themselves Christians flock to hear someone whine about the victimization of their ancestors and damn the country they live in. I have no idea how many of the people in that applauding, cheering audience are currently being provided with food and medical care paid for by tax money, but if there were any, they are incredible hypocrites.
I have a lot of trouble with the victim mentality. Sure, blacks were mistreated. Horribly. So were Jews and Gypsies and Serbs and American Indians and Kurds and many, many others, but does that mean that their progeny should have special privileges from now until eternity? Where is the justice in that? How does it help what is past? And aren’t Christians supposed to forget the things that are behind and press toward the mark?
I realize that it’s easy for me as a middle class white housewife to say these things, but I also know that this man screaming about being a “poor black man” is not poor. And anyone who says that 9/11 was what America deserved just isn’t demonstrating much love for his fellow man.
I’m not particularly interested in politics, but I am interested in truth, and I didn’t hear that in this clip. It worries me greatly that our possible future president has been indoctrinated with this venom for years. Where are the brains of the American people? How can we forget how very good our lives are? Why do we want to attack the government that has allowed us to live in peace and luxury like no country ever has before?
Ah, well, it all boils down to the fact that time is winding down. This is inevitable, but that doesn’t make it any easier to face.