The language of outrage – full of drama, harshness, condemnation – fills the sermons of our prophets back in Biblical times. They spoke truth to power, condemning leaders and machers whenever their behaviors transgressed our expected moral standards.
Rabbi Ron Stern of Stephen S. Wise Temple reflects upon this kind of preaching and suggests that this Biblical model of prophetic preaching is alive today in churches around this country. To understand the controversy which arose around the preacher Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor, you need to understand this background.
Hear the first part of Rabbi Stern’s sermon on Youtube by clicking here.
Then check out the second part of the sermon.