In my church after Sunday service, b/c it's so packed you have about 2 secs to hug the Pastor and keep it movin'...
If you want to see him privately you have to make an appointment. I have met with my Pastor and although he is very nice - he is also very busy. He is an opinionated war veteran and biblical scholar who will not change his sermons just b/c someone expresses disagreement with it esp. if what he said is biblically based or historical fact.
If I loved all other things about my Pastor, but couldn't get him to change a couple of things, don't I have the right to complain to a higher source? And, shouldn't those matters be left to the higher governing authority over the church itself to correct, no? And don't we think the OCC would've said something to Rev. Wright if they thought he was preaching hate from the pulpit - if someone (more than Obama) complained about it?
But, my question about Rev. Wright here is that he is the shepherd of 6,000 members. Why are we laying this burden on Obama to have said something to the Rev. to get him to change when there were 5,999 other members who agreed with what he was saying too and they didn't say anything? Obama certainly wasn't the only dignitary, educated, community activist in that church at that time who saw something greater in Rev. Wright. Something the 30 sec sound bites don't show.
When Barack became a member he was looking to align himself with a Community Leader and Rev. Wright was a respectd Community Leader. Rev. Wright was that guy who could legitimize Obama's place in Chicago and with the Black community. Is that the crime we are indicting him for or is it what we are over looking here?
Preachers do say some outrageous things. My Pastor speaks damnation to gays and lesbians (b/c the bible backs him up) That doesn't mean I agree with him or that I will leave th church over it. Or, that I make it my business to schedule an app't with him every time he speaks on the matter on Sunday. And, I was raised by a gay surrogate father for a short time in my life. I don't damn him for loving me just b/c he had a shortcoming. We are all human.