Should we condemn Wright?
Early in my pastoral, I was captivated by the picture of a caterpillar crawling on a leaf stem. The caption beneath read, "Please be patient, God isn't finished with me yet." As I read of the Rev. Dr. Wright's blanket condemnation of me and my country, that picture flashed back in my memory.
An event in the life of my Lord came to mind also. He was teaching, ministering in the temple when a gang of "more righteous than thou guys" stormed in and threw a partially clad woman at his feet as they snarled, "We caught this woman in the very act of adultery. Moses says to stone her. What do you say?"
Jesus, squatting down, writing in the sand of the temple floor with his finger seemed unconcerned.
"What do you say?" they shouted after a few minutes.
Jesus arose, looked at them and merely said, "Let that one among you who is without sin throw the first stone," and returned to his writing.
I'm sure the noise of the stones striking the hard floor rang out through the Temple halls as the accusers departed.
"Where are your accusers?" Jesus asked, the fearful woman. "Does no one accuse you?"
"No man, Lord."
"Neither do I; go and sin no more."
Can you imagine how this sinful woman must have felt? Let your mind run wild.
God's word revealed to me that people, of whom this pastor is one, already are condemned by their sin; they need the forgiveness that only God can grant. It is easy to issue condemnations. Jesus has called his ministers to offer hope, the way out. I'm sorry I am not, did not do whatever the good reverend doctor wanted me to do, but I was called by God, not Rev. Dr. Wright, and try to do what God wants me to do. Can I ask the Rev. Dr. Wright a question based on his blanket condemnations, "Who are you preaching to extol?"
Gardner C. Koch