Born in a Manger: Pre-Civil Rights Black America and the Willie Wilson Story

03/10/2015 02:39 pm ET | Updated May 09, 2015

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston
Campaign Manager - Dr. Willie Wilson, Mayor of Chicago 2015

I need to share a dimension of the human experience that is overlooked in critics' analyses of Willie Wilson i.e., the theism of the poor and oppressed vs. the social-Darwinism of the secure and post-Christian.

The scripture verses I've included here, written by Paul the Apostle, have been memorized and quoted by the "least of these" over the millennia. I would argue that the former Saul of Tarsus saw life differently after going from being the persecutor to becoming the persecuted. Having experienced the venom and vitriol cast upon Willie because he dared campaign for mayor of the city of Chicago blessed me with a new clarity: a manger birth offends the world.

I'm writing this because the poor, uneducated and invisible rarely rebut negative critiques of themselves by pen or email but rather by revolution. Or as it happened in Chicago over the past few months as we witnessed the rawness and beauty of the human spirit outpace hubris, cliquishness and a fear of hope by way of the unorthodox, unpredictable but impactful campaign of a Rich Poor Man named Dr. Willie Wilson.

For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things -- and the things that are not -- to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
1 Corinthians1.19,25-29 NIV