The Island Prophet Thabiti Anyabwile posted recently on Barack Obama. He wrote,
One great irony would be if it were finally the weakness of the African-American church that effectively destroyed the first viable presidential bid of an African American. So many people tout the African-American church for its historic role in promoting justice, but few have seen the connection between sound theology and any true effort at justice. In a sad turn of events, it may be by God’s hand the Sen. Obama campaign that forces global light on the damnable heresies and errors, the counterfeit Christianity present in so many churches.
Well, yesterday Richard Cohen of the Washington Post wrote an Op-ed piece on Obama’s church, Trinity United Church of Christ, pastored by Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright. He mentions the church because of their decision last year to give their honorary Trumpeter Award to a man who “truly epitomized greatness”– Louis Farrakhan! Writes Cohen:
It’s important to state right off that nothing in Obama’s record suggests he harbors anti-Semitic views or agrees with Wright when it comes to Farrakhan. Instead, as Obama’s top campaign aide, David Axelrod, points out, Obama often has said that he and his minister sometimes disagree. Farrakhan, Axelrod told me, is one of those instances.
Fine. But where I differ with Axelrod and, I assume, Obama is that praise for an anti-Semitic demagogue is not a minor difference or an intrachurch issue. The Obama camp takes the view that its candidate, now that he has been told about the award, is under no obligation to speak out on the Farrakhan matter. It was not Obama’s church that made the award but a magazine. This is a distinction without much of a difference. And given who the parishioner is, the obligation to speak out is all the greater. He could be the next American president. Where is his sense of outrage?
I too am concerned about this strange tribute. In a day where religion is playing such a huge role in politics and in campaigns, I find it odd that Gov. Huckabee gets question after question on issues like creationism, inerrancy and BF&M 2000, while no one questions Sen. Obama on his overtly Afro-centric church background.
And, in case you hadn’t heard, Obama is quickly being known as “the most pro-choice candidate ever”. Terence Jeffrey notes,
He is so pro-abortion he refused as an Illinois state senator to support legislation to protect babies who survived late-term abortions because he did not want to concede — as he explained in a cold-blooded speech on the Illinois Senate floor — that these babies, fully outside their mothers’ wombs, with their hearts beating and lungs heaving, were in fact “persons.”
As some people would rather focus on foreign policy or the economy in this year’s election, and I do believe that those are important issues within a biblical framework, but I have a hard time taking a candidate’s words on hope and promise seriously when he is a member of a supremacist church and when he lobbies against the unborn.
Not only is this contradictory to hope and promise, but it is also contradictory to itself. Even though I am much opposed to the idea of black supremacy just as I am white supremacy, polka-dot supremacy and all the other supremacies besides God’s supremacy, how can a person even assume such a high pedastal for blacks and at the same time support a practice that systematically kills off blacks?
Hope that supports (at least by church membership) the elevation of one race over another and the slaughtering of the unborn and, apparently, even the born, is not hope regardless of the rhetoric. As Christians, we need to point out inconsistencies like this. We who are the only ones with a true, God-given hope (cf. 1 Pet. 1:3-5) must be able to give a defense of such hope (1 Pet. 3:15) so that racism and abortion masquerading as hope can be exposed as yet more lies, and the truth of the Gospel will be exalted.