By Ken Blackwell
Barack Obama just gave an eloquent speech, but one that does not address the underlying nature of Senator Obama’s beliefs. Rev. Jeremiah Wright, like Mr. Obama, believes in a state-centered 21st century form of big-government socialism. This 21st century form of socialism is at the heart of the Liberation Theology Rev. Wright preaches from the pulpit. Today, Mr. Obama again made it clear, with all his eloquence, that he still embraces these beliefs that would require dismantling the free-market system that has made our country’s economy the most prosperous in all of human history.
In contrast to Liberation Theology, the Christian orthodoxy teaches about the nature of God, the nature of man, the relationship between the two in this life, and about the hereafter. Liberation Theology, on the other hand, is a belief system about political agendas, socialistic economic policy, and redistribution of wealth. Proponents of Liberation Theology, like Rev. Wright, teach that God commands us to form a government that will supervise our economy to create government-subsidized jobs under central-government planning; guarantee healthcare and education by having government control both; and achieve “economic equality” by redistributing wealth through massive taxes on the affluent and massive government entitlements for the poor. And it advocates replacing governments that do not embrace this socialistic agenda.
Those are the beliefs of Liberation Theology. Those are the offensive root beliefs underlying many of Rev. Wright’s sermons. And though Barack Obama does not embrace Mr. Wright’s offensive language, he does embrace this government-solves-everything-through-socialism worldview.
His speech was magnificent in its elegance and rhetoric, but today Mr. Obama reminded me yet again of his worldview that embraces, among other things, partial-birth abortion, military weakness, and economic socialism.
St. Obama and the Sermon on the Mount
by Joe Carter, March 04, 2008
If you missed Saint, errr, I mean Senator Obama’s comments on how the Sermon on the Mount justifies same sex civil unions and held more sway than “obscure passages in Romans”, it surprisingly was not the first time he has made this rather outrageous argument.
In an obscure passage of his book “Audacity of Hope” from 2006 (pages 222-223) he pontificates: “For many practicing Christians, the inability to compromise may apply to gay marriage. I find such a position troublesome, particularly in a society in which Christian men and women have been known to engage in adultery or other violations of their faith without civil penalty. I believe that American society can choose to carve out a special place for the union of a man and a woman as the unit of child rearing most common to every culture. I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil union that confers equivalent rights no such basic matters as hospital visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are of the same sex – nor am I willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount. The heightened focus on marriage is a distraction from other, attainable measures to prevent discrimination and gays and lesbians.”
In a prior article, entitled “Christianity and the Birth of a Nation“, we explore the Framers’ Biblical worldview that served as their foundation for the Constitution. It was not a religious or denominational expression as such. Rather, it was a view of reality gleaned from the study of civilizations and unchanging human behavior revealed in historical fact. They studied, in secret, in Independence Hall, in 1787, always fearful of the public majority, history back to 500 years before Christ. From the writings of Thomas Jefferson in his letter to Dr. Priestley, Washington, 9 April, 1803, perhaps the closest parallel to humanists today, himself considered by most scholars to be, along with Benjamin Franklin, a Deist, come the words: “doctrines of Jesus” referring to the political order the Framers considered requisite for successful government. By ignoring or denying what many historians believe to be the divinely inspired wisdom establishing this one Nation under God, our enemies seek to destroy the hope and promise of America envisioned and birthed over two centuries ago. Theirs was a war against evil and injustice. They overcame seemingly insurmountable trials and barriers “relying on divine Providence”. Our enemies’, both foreign and domestic, only hope is to separate us from the unfailing Source of all Power called upon by the generations of men and women long ago in this land between the “shining seas”.
“We have no government armed with powers capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.” – John Adams to the military, 11 October, 1798
May America bless God!