Associating with Apostasy:
Politics, Religion — By Joe Carter on March 18, 2008 at 12:44 am
Obama’s Troubling Relationship with Black Theology
It would be difficult to dispute that Barack Obama has a problem. But despite what is being claimed by many bloggers and journalists, the Senator’s biggest problem isn’t his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Sen. Obama’s association with the rogue pastor is forgivable; his association with apostasy, however, is inexcusable.
Obama remains a member of an apostate, heretical church that makes no distinction between faith and politics. Trinity United Church of Christ adheres to a black liberation theology, a strain of heresy that makes Christianity subservient to a twisted, racialist political ideology. The purpose of Black theology is, as the movement’s founding theologian claims, to make political “liberation” the “central theme of the biblical message.”
Consider their introduction on the “About Us” section of the church’s website:
We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian… Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain “true to our native land,” the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.
Trinity United Church of Christ is a racist church. That should be beyond dispute. But if you disagree, substitute the word “white” for “black” and “Aryan” for “African.” Now consider how comfortable you would be with Hillary Clinton or John McCain going to such a church.
But it gets worse. Beneath that statement they add:
“The Pastor as well as the membership of Trinity United Church of Christ is committed to a 10-point Vision:
1. A congregation committed to ADORATION.
2. A congregation preaching SALVATION.
3. A congregation actively seeking RECONCILIATION.
4. A congregation with a non-negotiable COMMITMENT TO AFRICA.
5. A congregation committed to BIBLICAL EDUCATION.
6. A congregation committed to CULTURAL EDUCATION.
7. A congregation committed to the HISTORICAL EDUCATION OF AFRICAN PEOPLE IN DIASPORA.
8. A congregation committed to LIBERATION.
9. A congregation committed to RESTORATION.
10. A congregation working towards ECONOMIC PARITY.
Several of the points seem laudatory and explicitly Christian (#1, 2, 3, 5) while a few are unnecessarily divisive (#4, 6, 8, 9). But the use of orthodox Christian terms (salvation, reconciliation) is given perverse new meanings in black liberationist thought.
For example, consider the work of James Hal Cone, the founder of Black theology. (When Sean Hannity interviewed Wright, the pastor asked his interviewer, “How many of Cone’s books have you read?”) Cone once wrote:
Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community … Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love. (Via Asia Times)
This dangerous, satanic, perversion of the Gospel is the foundation of Trinity United Church of Christ.
This is the crux of the problem for Obama: Set aside the inflammatory rhetoric of Rev. Wright, even concede that the Senator knew nothing of his mentor’s hate-filled rants, and you’re still left with the troubling fact that for 20 years Obama was member of a church that is founded on this racist and anti-Christian theology.
This is the distorted theology that Obama’s daughters were being taught in Sunday School. This is the despicable theology that was being preached while Obama was asleep in the pews. This is the divisive theology that Obama’s fellow church members embraced and spread throughout the black community in Chicago. And yet we’re to believe that despite being immersed in this wicked, hateful theological sewage for two decades Obama wasn’t aware of what his pastor or his church believed?
At RedState, Jeff Emanuel highlights the horns of a dilemma that Obama faces:
Joining Wright’s church was either about religion — which is evidence that Obama likely has far too much in common race-and-America-hating-wise with Jeremiah Wright than anybody allowed near the presidency can be rightly allowed to have — or it was about politics and snowing the public into thinking that he had certain religious beliefs, until such a time as that relationship of political expediency was no longer needed — something which is troubling in its own right.
I choose to believe that Obama is not a racist and does not agree with the basic tenets of his church. Yet I find the alternative explanation just as troubling.
Imagine if I were to spend 20 years attending the Aryan Church of the White Christ. Unlike the nice people in the pews, I myself am not a racist–but I didn’t disassociate myself with them either. I looked the other way and feigned ignorance of what my church teaches even when presented with evidence that I would have to be a fool to have ignored. Would I be a person of integrity, much less one who is qualified to be the President of the United States?
No. No, I wouldn’t be.
And neither is Barack Obama.