Friday, April 25, 2008

Rev. Jeremiah Wright on Bill Moyers

Pastor Wright was on Bill Moyers Journal and the show is a must-view. It was on tonight, but as always, Moyers's shows are available online, and you can also get the podcast. Cut out an hour of something else this weekend and see this, and listen. Here.

I'm also happy to say that this interview confirmed a lot of the information and analysis I shared on the panel about Rev. Wright a few weeks ago. I never did find time to summarize that panel for you. But if you watch this show, you'll get a lot of what we said and evoked on the panel, and directly from the person at the heart of the controversy.

Make no mistake: This is about what it means to live as Christians and to do so in the real world in which we live, in a world with poverty, in a world where empires rule, in an America where racism endures and where God calls us to break down, or melt down, the barriers we have set up against one another, and to do justice.

The realities on this show are why, for the most part, I don't get terribly involved in the minutiae of "As the Anglican World Turns." Not, mind you, that biblical interpretation and the nature of the church and the way we live our relational and sexual lives aren't important.

But let's get a sense of proportion here.

Here endeth the sermon. Go listen to Pastor Wright, and to Bill Moyers's calm, measured, careful interview (which of course is getting criticized already, on his show's blog and elsewhere, by people who did not take time to listen and understand), and if you are not African American and do not know the history and sociology and culture of the Black Church, learn something about it.

1 comment:

johnieb said...

Moyers at his best: as good as anyone.