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(2003) Rev. Jeremiah Wright, “Confusing God and Government”

During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, whose most famous congregant was Illinois Senator Barack Obama, burst unto the national political scene when media outlets reported and aired segments of previous sermons.  The segment which appeared most frequently and generated the greatest controversy was his phrase, “God damn America” for its treatment of people of color.  The entire sermon, delivered at Trinity on April 13, 2003, appears below.

If you were to ask the average Christian, did Jesus cry?” almost every Christian would quote for you that John 11:35 verse, which most Bible students call the shortest verse in the Bible: Jesus wept. It is the verse, you will remember, that is found in the middle of the story about the death of Lazarus, the Lord Jesus friend. Jesus loved Lazarus, his friend; Lazarus had died. Jesus was outside the village of Bethany - he had not yet reached the city limits - Martha had met him, and he and Martha had talked. Martha was mad, and she let the Lord know that she was mad. Jesus had reassured her with words she did not understand, I am the resurrection and the life: whosoever believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live again: and whosoever liveth and believeth shall never die.

He had reassured her - she didnt understand those words, but at least he had calmed her down for just a little bit. She left Jesus there, went back to the house and called her sister Mary and told her privately, Jesus is here and he is calling for you. And when Mary heard those words she got up quickly and went to where Jesus was just outside of Bethany. When those who were grieving with her saw her get up quickly and go out, they ran along with her - you find that story in John 11. They thought she was going to her brothers grave site to grieve. When Jesus saw her crying, and Jesus saw those who were trying to console her crying, he started weeping.

The text says he was greatly disturbed in spirit and he was deeply

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