His mentor’s mentors?

Spengler has a rather disturbing essay on the primary influences that informed Jeremiah Wright’s worldview.   Who, we must assume, helped form Barack Obama’s worldview.  If he did not, then perhaps Obama slept through all those 20 or so years of being a member of Wright’s church?

The mentor’s mentors are “black liberation” theologians James Cone and Dwight Hopkins. Why are they disturbing? Let’s, as they say, look at the record, as reported by Spengler:

Christ is black therefore not because of some cultural or psychological need of black people, but because and only because Christ really enters into our world where the poor were despised and the black are, disclosing that he is with them enduring humiliation and pain and transforming oppressed slaves into liberating servants.

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.

In the New Testament, Jesus is not for all, but for the oppressed, the poor and unwanted of society, and against oppressors … Either God is for black people in their fight for liberation and against the white oppressors, or he is not [Cone].

This is interesting nonsense, but nonsense it is. It is most assuredly not Christianity. Like any system based on lies, this kind of theology has a grain of truth: Jesus did make known his preference for the poor, the despised, the weak.

But the overarching message of Jesus Christ is that all may be saved through his sacrifice; that none of us have earned salvation by anything we can possibly do on our own. This invitation is open to all men, all women. Race, ethnicity, nationality, skin color, name the attribute — meaningless. The least of us. But also the greatest of us; all may be saved*.

To argue that Jesus was “black” is, at best, fatuous. Theologically, it does not make an iota of difference if Jesus was black, brown, yellow, or white. This is like claiming that God is “black.” In kidnapping God, black theology has also tossed aside Scripture, and its rather certain placement of Jesus of Nazareth as a son of David, the King of Israel. A Jew, in other words, in a certain historical time and place.

So-called Christian theologians who peddle this nonsense may find an audience among the ignorant people who don’t care to listen to truer voices. Who don’t believe their Scripture. I believe that, come judgment by God and the end, these folks, and other racists like Jeremiah Wright, will find themselves condemned to eternal separation from our Lord. In other words, separated from God for all eternity.

In Spengler’s summation, which speaks to my condition, “Christianity teaches unconditional love for a God whose love for humankind is absolute; it does not teach the repudiation of a God who does not destroy our enemies on the spot.”


*Calvinist disclaimer here:  all may be saved; many are not. Who is, and who is not, saved, all known but to God.  Since time matters not to God, I believe that the answers to the question of “who shall be saved?” were known by God from the very beginning of time.  Known to Him; but not to mere mortals such as me, or you, or…Jeremiah Wright and his false prophets.


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