CHRISTIAN EVANGELICAL LEADERS WILL RELEASE MANIFESTO IN RESPONSE TO POLITICS OF FAITH

by MullOverThis

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is a response I posted to a blog posted by politicaldookie referencing Obama’s missed opportunity to bring “black liberation theology” to national prominance to heal the racial divide in America by distancing himself from Jeremiah Wright:

““Black liberation theology”?
Where was Jesus on this “theology”? Christ is not divided. The Word of God needs to be the primary focus in equipping ALL PEOPLE to live peaceably with one another and be effective witnesses in the earth. That is how theology should be linked to bridging racial, classist, ethnic, cultural and any other types of divides. This is a bunch of hogwash, putting it mildly, to justify nonsense. Black people are not liberated when empowered to swing back in offenses.   We are liberated in not doing wrong to recompense wrongs done to us. We are liberated when we live like Christians that fear God, so fear one another. Obama can’t be used to bridge what he does not comprehend himself. And his own words, or willingness to adopt those of speechwriters, speak volumes about his own level of understanding of the Word of God.  Abortion and homosexuality are not “workable” in God’s sight. Social ills and sin must be stood against by any Christian. Obama is not there yet.”

We will be waiting to see what this manifesto decrees.  Prayerfully, the leaders will address the arrogance of humanity to reduce God and the Gospel of the Kingdom to justify or cater to our own life experiences based upon denominational, political, racial, economic, gender, sexual and ethnic statifications. 

FYI, this moderator acknowledges and appreciates the contributions of African American leaders, like Apostle Frederick K.C. Price, who has addressed racism within the church and in America with wisdom and Godly counsel.  He simply preaches the Word of God and takes appropriate actions within his authority in the earth.  We are not blind to concrete issues that everyday Christians face, we just handle them according to the Word of God.  This is what ultimately authors unity, reconciliation, faith, love and at the very least, empowers Black and ALL PEOPLE to live as God intended.

 

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/05/02/evangelicals.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

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4 Responses to “CHRISTIAN EVANGELICAL LEADERS WILL RELEASE MANIFESTO IN RESPONSE TO POLITICS OF FAITH”

  1. I have so much to say on this issue, so I will keep it brief. There is no such thing as black liberation theology in Christianity. The Bible should not be reduced to support a theology based on a social construct. I support black pride and progress, but as W.E.B. DuBois noted, not the kind that occurs as a means to spite white. Rather, I believe in the kind of cultural development that allows each group to give to the other what it lacks for the purpose of mutual progress and benefit.

  2. The Bible and biblical theology are much more complicated than “preachers” like Fred Price typically understand. For those of us that have been through rigid theology programs or divinity schools and understand Hebrew and Greek, it is not necessarily out of line to see the Old Testament as a book of Hebrew, i.e. Jewish liberation theology. The Old Testament is essentially a book about the Jewish people protesting against Egyptian rule and seeking to govern and control their lives. Many Christians (that do not study Bible and Ancient world history) have oversimplified Jesus whose name in the Hebrew and Aramaic would have been Yashua, i.e. God is our Liberator=Yah means God/Creator and “shua” is Hebrew and means to save. There is no J. in Hebrew or Aramaic the language “Jesus” would have spoken. Jesus comes from the Greek and is a derivative of Ze-us, i.e. Zeus of Greek mythology. Bible scholars and any Christian that has studied the Bible know that the Old Testament is a captivity story and the New Testament shows further struggle against Roman oppression.

    Secondly, I was curious about “Liberation Theology” myself so I did a little research. The black liberation theology espoused by James Cone and Jeremiah Wright and others has its roots in Latin America theological tradition. In this theological, prophetic tradition evangelists and missionaries from the earliest colonial days in Latin America–churchmen questioned the type of presence adopted by the church and the way indigenous peoples, blacks, mestizos, and the poor rural and urban masses were treated. According to most history books the white slave owners of enslaved Africans in America used Christianity and the Bible as a moral justification for enslavement and brutal treatment of Africans. Likewise, the enslaved Africans in America and the Caribbean read the Bible and sang songs, i.e. spirituals, where they were the Children of Israel and the slave master was Pharoah. I recall such songs as a boy sung by a woman from the Caribbean that went: “Go down Moses, way down in Egypt land, tell ol’ Pharoah to let my people go”, “Walk together children don’t you get weary, there is a great day a coming in the promised land” and ” Wade in the water, wade in the water children, God is gonna trouble the water”, or “Everybody talkin bout heaven ain’t going there.” The church music of the enslaved Africans often had a double meaning. Wade in the water means Jewish people crossing the Red Sea but it also could mean slaves crossing a body of water to escape slave patrollers. Even the line “everybody talkin bout heaven ain’t goin there” is a jab at the slave master who was usually at the slave church services. A good book for you and the readers of your blog to read on these double sideded mesages is Miles Mark Fishers “Negro Slave Songs in the United States” http://www.amazon.com/Negro-Slave-Songs-United-States/dp/0806500905

    I am from the UK and one thing I have noticed is that the school/educational systems of America do not equip Americans to think and rationalize beyond what they see on television. I was very curious about Jeremiah Wright and came across two interesting blog posts: one looking at Wright and Martin Luther King http://dymaxionq.wordpress.com/2008/05/15/martin-luther-king-jr-and-jeremiah-wright-clergymen-speaking-truth-to-power/ and another discussing Caucasian reaction to those deemed inferior http://dymaxionq.wordpress.com/2008/06/06/reframing-african-slave-insolence-jeremiah-wright-us-presidential-politics-and-the-legacy-of-race-in-america/

    It is good reading your blog. Carry on.

  3. Thanks Donald. I enjoyed reading your post.

    Certainly, Jesus has been simplified in current modern day Church emphasis and understanding. Christ is not fully appreciated beyond seeing Him as our personal saving thru reconciling God with mankind on Golgatha Hill (Calvary). He is a deliverer or liberator to us in our faith, not just from darkness into the marvelous light, but from the snares of Satan, our enemies (spiritual and earthly), and even to our own flesh.

    To those of us who have studied the Word of God, we understand that although God is viewed as a Liberator to the Jews, He has never just been a libertor to the Jews. He has been a liberator to Gentile people (Ninevites in Capital City of Assyria in Jonah), and also provided a way of escape for the Gentiles who converted to the Hebrew faith (Uriah is a prime example). In the first covenant between God and Man as Revealed in the Word of God, the Adamic Covenant, we get a good glimpse of what God intended for mankind. God being reduced to a liberator is not it. Mankind may have reduced God and His purpose to that of simply liberating their own nationality from bondage. But the Truth is, according to the Word of God, that Jesus is Lord and message of HIs Kingdom in the church age in this current dispensation is one of Grace and the Good news of the gospel of the Kingdom. Christ cannot be merely reduced to liberator of a specific people. He is a liberator of all who will receive Him as Lord.

    Wright and others have no business trying to use the Bible to justify their political stance, which has even flickered concerning his former member, Democratic Nominee, Senator Barack Obama.

    Hope you will keep reading. God bless!

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