Under the Radar

A fascinating tidbit that deserves a bit more airtime.

Why a Spiritual Advisor to President Bush Supports Obama

— Beliefnet.com

The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell is pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church, the largest United Methodist congregation in the nation. Often described as a ‘spiritual advisor’ to President George W. Bush, Caldwell introduced Bush at the 2000 Republican National Convention and delivered the benedictions at the 2001 and 2005 presidential inaugurations. He endorsed Senator Barack Obama for president in January.

Readers of the whole article will find some surprising things in here, including this minister’s take on the Rev. Wright:

Can you give an example of something Wright said that was “blown up” by the news media?
This whole G.D. America piece, that’s a great example. First of all, right after he says that, the next sentence, which they never play, says, “And that’s in the Bible.” Now, it’s not written that way in English, but the Hebraic expression basically says this: if America makes itself and views itself as God, and not Yahweh, or the Lord God Almighty as God, then America basically is committing adultery*, and then America is darning itself.
He never said “I would D. America.” He was saying that when the government begins to worship itself, then there is a price to be paid, and you basically fall into that category whether you want to or not.

*[blogger’s note: Transcription error?  “idolatry” makes more sense here than “adultery”]

It sounds like you agree with the point he was making.

It’s not my role to agree or disagree with him, but I think it is my role to contextualize what, in fact, he was actually saying. No Christian that I know would agree that idolatry is acceptable to God, and clearly that’s a breach of the Ten Commandments, among other things. So, as I understand it, the point that Pastor Wright was making is that when America places itself–its own self in an idolatrous position, then you are basically positioning yourself for bad news….

And yes, this is the same minister that officiated last weekend at Jenna Bush’s wedding in Crawford, Texas.


2 thoughts on “Under the Radar

  1. This is very interesting.

    A friend in KY told me she knows the pastor who was asked to deliver an invocation at a Hillary Clinton campaign event last week. He wore his Obama button.


  2. Excellent post – thanks! Much of the scorn poured upon Rev. Wright is the scorn directed toward Jesus. Not all, no doubt – as with any of us – but he does preach some important points that just aren’t very popular. He’s not an “opiate of the people” kind of preacher.
    Thank God!

    Wonderful blog – thanks for coming by mine as well – I’ll be subscribing here!

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