Jeremiah Wright and the Pulpit
- It’s central—The pulpit’s central placement is important because it is from there that God addresses His people via the preached word. Therefore, it commands the most prominent place in the church.
- It’s raised—The pulpit is elevated because it is upon the lectern that the minister’s bible rests, symbolizing the word of God being over the people.
- It’s solid—The lectern is made of solid wood, symbolizing the sure foundation upon which God’s word stands. Moreover, it’s large enough to obscure most of the minister’s body, thus keeping the focus on the word. For this reason, Reformed ministers stay behind the lectern, so as to stay behind the word of God.
Overall, the pulpit represents what the church service is to be primarily about—God’s people coming together to worship Him, and, as mentioned, God addressing His people through the preached word.
Abusing the Pulpit
One aspect of the Jeremiah Wright scandal that has yet to be explored is his deplorable use of the pulpit. Because of what the pulpit represents, and because of what is supposed to be happening there, Mr. Wright’s disgusting words are overshadowed by something far worse—the blaspheming of our holy God by abusing the pulpit. It is this abuse that deserves our greatest outrage.
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