Much has been made of Barack Obama’s religion of choice. Researchers have pointed out that while in Indonesia Barack Obama was listed on school roles as a Muslim. Both his father and step-father were Muslim which could be the reason he was listed on the roles that way. Obama says that he is a Christian and points out that he attended Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago for 20 years. To understand Obama’s beliefs then, we need to look at Trinity.
Faultline USA blog undertook a detailed examination of the Black Liberation Theology, which is the religion practiced by Trinity (Barack Obama’s former church). Barack Obama was a member of this church for 20 years, and for all that time was subject to a form of Christianity which is not the orthodox Christianity recognized by 95 % of American Christians. One theologian who is troubled by Liberation Theology is now Pope Benedict. Faultine Blog writes:
An excellent overview of the grave dangers of Liberation Theology was written in 1984 by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI). Ratzinger found that: Liberation Theology is radically Marxist; Liberation Theology thrives on perpetuating class struggle; Liberation Theology rejects traditional scriptural interpretations; and concludes that Liberation Theology is a threat to the faith of the Christian Church.
Barack Obama has said that Reverend Jeremiah Wright introduced him to “the Social Gospel,” Most Christians acknowledge 4 Gospels: Mark, Luke, and John. Most Americans have little grasp of the tenets of Liberation Theology, but once they do, they will be astounded and appalled.
For example, Faultline U.S.A quotes Cone (the author Jeremiah Wright kept saying that Sean Hannity should read before he was qualified to ask the Reverend any questions). Cone quoted by Faultline writes:
Any statement about Jesus today that fails to consider blackness as the decisive factor about his person is a denial of the New Testament message.
And I had always believed that Jesus was Jewish. The link to Faultlines in depth article is below.
Ratzinger (Pope Benedict) cautions that those preaching Liberation Theology continue to reference classical Christian terms although they have completely changed the meaning.
Many liberation theologians continue to use a great deal of the Church’s classical ascetical and dogmatic language while changing its signification. As a result, the reader or listener who is operating from a different background can gain the impression that everything is the same as before, apart from the addition of a few somewhat unpalatable statements, which, given so much spirituality, can scarcely be all that dangerous.
Yet it is dangerous. Heaven is no longer metaphysical. The Kingdom of God is a place where the “oppressed” take all the power and possessions away from the “the structure of evil as seen in white society.”
Looting, burning, or the destruction of white property are not primary concerns. Such matters can only be decided by the oppressed themselves who are seeking to develop their images of the black Christ. . .
This entire article is a must read for anyone who thought Jeremiah Wright sounded a little bit strange. The problem is a lot bigger than that.
Evangelical Christian churches should be speaking out against this bizarre interpretation of Christian doctrine. We have wondered why the non-radical Muslims would not denounce the terrorists. The reason is fear of the terrorists. Christian churches are similarly responsible for pointing out the falacy of this Liberation doctrine. No doubt the Christian churches are afraid to be called “racist.” Nevertheless, evangelical Christian churches should become in Pope Benedict’s term “Awake” to the danger in their midst.