Friday, April 04, 2008

Weekend Chatterbox: Does America Have a Soul?

This week the city of Atlanta and the world remember the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr forty years ago. Today I received an email from Sojourners that I will share with you and leave it open for you to discuss during our chatterbox question. Here it is:

Dear Dee

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. - a tragic end to a life spent moving the nation towards racial justice and reconciliation. But in the last few weeks, instead of building on his legacy, the news media have been in a feeding frenzy that plays on our worst fears and demeans the prophetic tradition of the black church.

Fox News has set the tone for much of this coverage. Even after Barack Obama rejected Rev. Wright's most incendiary comments, on-air host Sean Hannity asked whether Obama's candidacy was "dangerous for this country," saying, "if he agreed with Wright, and I don't know that he does, but if he did, that would mean a racist and an anti-Semite would be president of the United States."

Martin Luther King Jr. didn't endorse political candidates (and neither does Sojourners), but he knew something about attracting controversy from the pulpit. In fact, the week before his death, he was planning a sermon for that Sunday titled "Why America May Go to Hell."

But when King spoke difficult truths, he did so in the pursuit of what he called "the beloved community," believing the nation could overcome racial divisions not by ignoring them, but by coming together in the spirit of nonviolence to pursue the common good.

please join us in praying that we all might have the courage to continue in King's mission to "redeem the soul of America."

Blessings,

Adam, Allison, Duane and the rest of the team at Sojourners

Question: Does America Have a Soul? If so, does it need to be redeemed?

3 comments:

Nicole said...

Dee, you know I love you. And you know we're on opposite sides of the political spectrum. And you know I'm "white".

In my opinion neither Pastor Wright or Barack Obama should be compared to Dr. King. Dr. King projected a strength neither of the aforementioned people possesses. Dr. King seemed to possess a real love for this country, and even in his harshest speeches, he never gave way to personal racism or the demeaning of this country.

While Senator Obama has declared the controversial sermons which in fact did involve racism and a portrayal of hatred for this country, off base, this man was his pastor for 20 years, performed the marriage for him and his wife, baptized his children, and he called him his mentor. How could he not have known what this man included in his belief system?

We've departed from two churches because of differences with our pastors once we saw a change in their "agenda".

I don't blame anyone for acknowledging the poise and encouragement Senator Obama presents as "hopeful". However, if you address his candidacy strictly on a level of preparedness to lead this country in all avenues of leadership, and if you, as a Christian, can support the pro-abortion and pro-homosexual agenda of the Democrat party, then I fear you're simply looking at a man you care for and not genuine hope for this nation in all areas of concern.

And, Dee, you know I wouldn't hurt you for the world.

Dee S. said...

Hi, Nicole.

Love Ya, too. But you need to reread the post. It's a guestpost from Sojourners. I didn't say those words. It was a letter sent to me.

However, I am a Democrat. And I live as Christ. I don't judge people and put one sin over the other. Racism is a sin and I don't see the Republican party having ralies about that. And for the record all democrats are not pro-abortion. That's ridiculous.

But I know you love me. :)
Thanks for commenting

Nicole said...

I should've specified a generic "you", not You specifically, Dee.

And I do love you!

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