The Dialectic Religion of Barak Obama

soul of Obama. If he has an image of God it’s through the life and teachings of Jeremiah Wright. “If you want to understand where Barack gets his feelings and rhetoric from, just look at Jeremiah Wright.” (Jim Wallis, from article “Destiny Child” Rolling Stone, February 22, 2007). Jeremiah Wright is a crafty isegeticist. He will utilize a passage of scripture, such as John 9 and after a few minutes of discourse, the healing of the blind man by Jesus has become the need for White America and the present economic system to be overthrown and replaced by a new economic-political framework erected on a Black Nationalist foundation. By contrast, a Biblical scholar is an exegete. A Biblical exegete endeavors to bring out of the Hebrew Old Testament and Greek New Testament text the linguistic and textual meaning without the injection of philosophic or political presuppositions. Jeremiah Wright is the diametric opposite. He manipulates the scriptures for his own predestined ends, his pretext becomes the prism through which he expounds any Biblical passage. He even portrays Jesus as a victim of the “white power structure.” “Jesus was a poor black man who lived in a country and who lived in a culture that was controlled by rich white people…” (Video “Two Extreme Pastors” Poligazette, March 13, 2008). Jeremiah Wright is obsessed with race and grievance believing that White America must be delivered from their “whiteness”. “There will be no peace in America until Whites begin to hate their whiteness, asking from the depths of their being: ‘How can we become Black?” (Jeremiah Wright, preface to “A Black Theology of Liberation”) His hatred of America is so deep that he has accused the United States of injecting the AIDS virus into the Black community and provoking the attack on 9/11. Wright has replaced the Adamic fall as the root of human estrangement from God by defining America as the matrix of evil and misery in the world. “Wright believes that American capitalism is both the underlying cause of the poverty and suffering of Black people abroad, and the sinfully tempting apple that lures middle-class Blacks to enslave themselves to corporate white America. In this he follows Cone. Attacks on capitalism are scattered throughout Wright’s sermons…” (Stanley Kurtz, article “Context You Say”, National Review, p. 34, May 5, 2008).

Jeremiah Wright is president Obama’s acknowledged pastor for over 20 years, closest advisor and current visitor to the White House. Any lounge act magician playing the Las Vegas circuit would marvel at the verbal legerdemain that Obama performed to convince millions of Americans that he never heard such rantings of vitriol and hate. The race-injected teachings of Wright permeate 20 years of church services that Obama proudly proclaimed he attended, yet without hearing one isegetical syllable of race ranting. No other American could have escaped with their reputation intact after being under the influence for 20 minutes, much less 20 years of this incendiary, race-centric dementia. A stigma would have attached to anyone that could not be expunged. The mendacity that Obama utilized was remarkable. Any distancing from Jeremiah Wright before the election and his absence at the inaugural were only pragmatic acts to pacify the needed independent constituency. “When the anti-American remarks of Rev. Jeremiah Wright were widely aired, Obama seemed at first taken aback. Why would anyone be outraged? After all, there was nothing secret about Wright. Obama had even quoted, in his memoir, Wright’s accusations that White America was responsible for everything from world hunger to genocide against the Japanese, and had bragged in speeches about his intimacy with Wright.” “Rev. Wright’s tirades no more offended 8,000 in the present congregation of Trinity Church than they apparently did the Obamas, who, far from walking out, simply refined Wright in softer and more elegant terms in their own writings and speeches.” (Victor Davis Hansen, article “Beneath the Hope” National Review, June 2, 2008, p. 32). James Cone, Jeremiah Wright, James Meeks and Michael Pfleger are out front blatant extremists but Barack Obama has learned the art of stealth radicalism. Behind a mollifying image is a dedicated disciple of racial politics and socialist doctrine. He filters his mentors racial polemics through a pleasant demeanor, “It was usually an effective tactic, another one of those tricks I had learned: people were satisfied so long as you were courteous and smiled and made no sudden moves. They were more than satisfied, they were relieved—such a pleasant surprise to find a well-mannered young black man who didn’t seem angry all the time.” (Barack Obama, “Dreams of My Father”, p. 94-95).

 

“I’m a Christian and what that means for me is that I believe Jesus Christ died for my sins and that His grace and mercy and power—through Him that I can achieve everlasting life.”
—Barack Obama, March 26, 2008, from Town Hall Meeting in Greensboro, NC

 

In various venues, candidate Barack Obama reiterated a conversion experience that happened to him at Trinity United Christian Church over 20 years ago. He puts this “conversion” in the context of his longevity of faith. But in a significant interview on March 27, 2004 with Cathleen Falsani, current Religion editor at the Chicago Sun Times, the testimony of Obama is seen to be a dialectic of Christianity, not the historical or orthodox faith of Scripture. Many of his answers to insightful questions regarding his personal faith are completely in conflict and repudiate both Judaic and Christian theology. He claims in the interview that he has been influenced by Judaism more than any faith and yet he proceeds to reject the basic truths of Judaic theology. Falsani asked, “Do you believe in heaven? A place spiritually you go to after you die?” Obama proceeded to answer, “What I believe in is that if I live my life as well as I can, that I will be rewarded. I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter, the aligning myself to my faith and values is a good thing. When I tuck in my daughters at night and I feel like I’ve been a good father to them, and I see in them that I am transferring values that I got from my mother and that they’re kind people and they’re honest people and they’re curious people, that’s a little piece of heaven.” Heaven to Obama is a nebulous projection of a “good feeling” or “wishful thinking” not an eternal realm transcending the time-space domain of earth. Basic Judaism and Christianity repudiate such an amorphous vagary of Obama’s religion. Scriptures affirm that heaven is the eternal abode of God. “Heaven is God’s dwelling place par excellence. A belief shared by the rest of the Hebrew Bible, post-Biblical Judaism and Christianity (cite I Kgs. 8:30, 34, 36, 39). In the Hebrew Bible, several mortals are privileged to see into or visit heaven: the prophet Micaiah ben Imlah sees God’s heavenly court and learns God’s plans (I Kgs. 22:19-23); Elijah ascends into heaven in a fiery chariot (II Kgs. 2:11), and Enoch is thought to ascend as well (Gen. 5:24); and Daniel has a vision of the heavenly courtroom (Dan. 7).” “The Rabbinic literature develops the conception of heaven found in Scripture and the Hellenistic period, in particular defining heaven as the seat of God.” (Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period, editor Jacob Nuesner, p. 278-279). The fullest expression of the effluent presence of God is focused in the eternal realm of heaven. There he manifests, “Himself as ruling, judging, and above all communicating grace and glory. In heaven He sits upon His throne and rules (Ps. 2:4, 11:4, Isa. 66:1, Matt. 5:34, Rev. 4); from which He looks down on men (Duet. 26:15, Ps. 14:2, 102:19, 103:19). He dwells on high in his holy habitation (Isa. 33:5, 17, 57:15).” The resurrected, ascended and exalted Lord is reigning in heaven over all creation, “Up to that heaven He is repeatedly said to have ascended, and that He who is man as well as God now is at the right hand of God; and where He is, there must also his servants be.” (John 12:26). “And there all Christ’s people are to be along with Him (I Thess. 4:17); as He expressly taught his disciples that he was going away to prepare a place for them, to which in due time he would conduct them (Jn. 14:2-4, Heb. 6:20).” (George C. M. Douglas, “The Classic Bible Dictionary” p. 508-509). Heaven is the eternal abode of God and the desired destiny of all the redeemed. “Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy; in Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.” (Ps. 16:11). “As for me, I shall behold Thy face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Thy likeness when I awake.” (Ps. 17:15). “Father, I desire that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am, in order that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me; for Thou didst love Me before the foundation of the world.” (Jn. 17:24). “…we are of good courage I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and be at home with the Lord.” (II Cor. 5:8). “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (I Thess. 4:17). Obama’s answer to a basic question of theology is the product of a humanistic religion synthesized with the surface verbiage of “new age palaver.” Such an answer questions the very existence of God and does not bow before His eternal sovereignty. To Barack Obama, religion is a present-tense pragmatic formulation that creates a “god” that is functionally acceptable within the constricting constructs of time. This “god” has no claim on Obama, for he is just an extension of Obama’s ever-inflated ego.

 

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