Obama’s Theology of Original Sin, Fundamental Transformation and Utopia, Part 2

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Continued from Part 1, Tuesday, December 12, 2015

The dream of a man made utopia in the here and now and to come is why dreams of an earthly Islamist caliphate brought into being by violence are essentially encouraged by our administration here and abroad. Utopian visions and radical eschatology with “The End” actualized by a Gotterdammerung in the case of Islamism, or by the bureaucratic Chinese water torture of regulative minutiae by the Left are the very stuff of revolutionaries, regardless of what form their prophetic hallucinations take, communist or Islamist.

195734_5_It is why the foam-at-the-mouth Islamist radicals in Libya, Syria, and Iran are not named or even looked on favorably while democratizing forces are ignored or vilified for their faults, as democracies are stable and stability is what the Left wishes to take down. It is why there is such a tepid response to radical cells promoting terrorism in the name of Allah, be they in Europe, America or Israel. It is why the latest massacre in San Bernadino is being downplayed and attention diverted to other issues. Destabilization is a positive good in the eyes of leftist “one worlders,” as it augers and enables destruction of the old.

Why enable and promote destruction of the old? The reasoning is this: The old is inherently rotten and completely devoid of any possibility of reform, so it must be destroyed by any means in order the spotless and sinless New Order arise like the phoenix from the ruins. The old order, as were the ancien regime and the Roman Catholic Church to be completely annihilated during the French Revolution, has to be completely and irrevocably destroyed. Whatever societal structures are to be retained in skeletonized form, to be utilized only for the revolution’s New Order, much as magnificent homes of the wealthy were confiscated by the communists in Russia and used to house multiple families; much as the entire Romanov dynasty had to be exterminated in order the Bolshevik “dynasty” take its place; much as the kulaks, who resisted the confiscation of their lands were exterminated so their lands could be seized by the new communist landlords; much as Russian Orthodox churches and monasteries were either  destroyed or infiltrated by communist lackeys — all for the sake of the eventual elevation of humanity within the new communist utopia, of course.

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As mentioned earlier, the other reason destruction of the West and Christianity is being promoted by the Left and its allies is the idea that slavery/racism is the original sin of the West, particularly America. President Obama recently said, “We would do a disservice to those warriors of justice, Tubman and Douglas, and Lincoln and King, were we to deny that the scars of our nation’s original sin are still with us today.”

The president’s statement is revelatory of the rationale of the Left, which as a religion believes in original sin, but which has a very different definition of and remedy for original sin than Christianity.

For two thousand years, beginning with the apostle Paul and the early church fathers such as Augustine; and later to be defined by such theologians as John Calvin, the concept of original sin has been defined as meaning all human beings will and do commit sins, as it is ingrained in their very beings from the time of Adam’s fall forward. John Calvin writes in his Institutes of the Christian Religion about the infallible inclination of humanity to do wrong:

“This is the hereditary corruption to which early Christian writers gave the name of Original Sin, meaning by the term the depravation of a nature formerly good and pure… Original sin, then, may be defined a hereditary corruption and depravity of our nature, extending to all the parts of the soul… Satan, by thus craftily hiding the disease, tried to render it incurable.”

In Calvin’s words lie the irreconcilable difference between President Obama’s (and the Left’s) concept of original sin and its remedy. For Christians, the sacrifice of Christ for mankind means that original sin is expurgated and the believer is no longer bound by the chains of sin, but is righteous before God. Calvin wrote:

“But if, out of all controversy, the righteousness of Christ, and thereby life, is ours by communication, it follows that both of these were lost in Adam that they might be recovered in Christ, whereas sin and death were brought in by Adam, that they might be abolished in Christ. There is no obscurity in the words, ‘As by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.’ ”

But for the Left and our president, America’s original sins of slavery and racism remain unexpurgated and “incurable.” The sin of racism therefore is always latent, lurking within the human heart and always ready to be revealed. Appearances of improvement in race relations remain just that — appearances only.

Since the original sins of racism and the effects of slavery are always at least latently within, those sins must continually be sought out, exposed and punished. In fact, it is a good idea to stoke the fires of racism and to continually look for signs of it in order to prove it still exists. “Look, there’s a racist building named ‘Lynch’ Hall!!”

For our president and fellow believers in original sin as they define it, it is the white man who most sinned by perpetrating slavery; it is Western institutions that have been so completely corrupted by the effects of slavery and colonialism that they must be destroyed or radically transformed. In order to do so, the white man’s privilege must be revoked and the oppressed masses who still suffer from the lash of racism must be elevated to leadership and elevated to the place of masters in the new order in order that the original sins be expurgated and paid for. The original sins of the fathers, including those who wrote America’s foundational documents, have been passed down from generation to generation, seeping into the very pores of every American institution.

In sum, the entire West and all its institutions and foundational documents are inherently corrupt and are beyond salvation; therefore, the only remedy is to destroy them all and start anew with the disaffected, the formerly oppressed and the newly liberated, who can rewrite the world order.

Of course, the idea that the original sins of the fathers are passed down to the children from generation to generation is an essentially pagan idea that means vengeance for past offenses can be taken on the children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and all generations into eternity. It means there is no redemption possible for those people whose ancestors held slaves or who exhibited racism in any form. It means the white race in particular is inherently corrupted by genetic racism, the original sin for the Left. This concept of original sin justifies eternal vengeance and eternal tinkering with the social order in hopes utopia will evolve.

Whoever continues to claim theology and politics are completely separate realms should reexamine the theology of the Left and note its destructive consequences. At the same time, Christians need to articulate and contrast the orthodox doctrines of their faith, refusing to allow those doctrines to be hijacked and distorted by the Left without protest.

Theology matters — in all areas of life, including politics.

First published at American Thinker

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Barb Wire.

Fay Voshell holds a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, where she was awarded the Charles Hodge Prize for excellence in systematic theology. She was selected as one of the Delaware GOP's "Winning Women," Class of 2008. Her articles have been published in American Thinker, National Review and RealClearReligion.

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