There's been a lot of fuss in the news lately over one Pastor Wright, a man Barack Obama brought into his campaign. Apparently the man had been Obama's spiritual leader for something like twenty years, so the philosophical links between the two are decidedly significant.
Obama will be making a speech sometime today about this because Wright has drawn a lot of fire. It seems that his preaching style is largely incendiary, focusing on racial grievance mongering such as claiming that the CIA created AIDS and gives crack to inner city blacks.
While this is damaging politically, I'm especially saddened by this man's cruel bastardization of his role as a minister of the gospel. His duty is to guide his flock, teaching them on the Bible and spreading the word of Christ. He has chosen instead to use his pulpit as a channel for radical political stumping. He ought to be ashamed for abusing his position so terribly, but so far has shown only stubbornness in his perceived authority to do so.
Politics is worse for men like him, but the gospel suffers most of all.