Every four years, the inauguration of the President sets the tone for the direction in which those in the highest executive office hope to steer the nation. Since that is the case, the American people should be very concerned about the lunacy put on display at the swearing in of Barack Obama from beginning to end.
With the gays going into the theatrical hysterics those of that proclivity are renowned for over the invocation delivered by Rick Warren, one would have hoped for something more theologically profound. However, many have no doubt heard sounder sentiments emanating from four year olds saying grace over crackers and juice.
Billy Graham in his heyday Warren is not. From Warren’s words, one could have easily come away assuming God did not know Obama was Black. Warren said, “...we celebrate a hinge point of history with the inauguration of the first African American president of the United States...We know today that Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven.”
These things didn’t even need to be mentioned. For decades now, we have been repeatedly told that it is not the color of skin but rather the content of character that counts.
So then why should we be grateful to have a president whose only characteristic that set him above his peers was his mulatoo pigmentation? Would Warren and the other adherents of the outstretched hand of the Social Gospel been as fawning if the likes of Allan Keyes, Walter Williams, or Thomas Sowell had been elected to high office?
Furthermore, one might in the course of a speech rhetorically intonate that “Dr. King and a great cloud of witnesses are shouting in heaven” and not be too far out of line. However, doesn’t it smack of the utmost hubris to tell the Lord in a prayer what we know the inhabitants of Heaven are doing? As mortals not having crossed over yet to the other side, how in the world (since those mentioned are no longer in it), can we have any certain idea about what those on the other side think of a development here we are all a flutter over?
Dr. King, if even there since as a Modernist he disbelieved a number of fundamental Christian doctrines, might have no idea whatsoever what is going on back here. Or if he does, perhaps in that ethereal realm human perception would be so unencumbered by the concept of phenotype variation that they would not even notice what color Barack Obama might happen to be (something his temporal supporters can’t seem to get beyond).
Another irritant regarding Warren's prayer was it's bow to political correctness. While one might make a case for pronouncing the name of Jesus in Hebrew as that was likely what He went by while walking this earth, since this is an English speaking nation, there is no reason whatsoever to pronounce the name of the Lord in Spanish during a government-sanctioned prayer unless Warren wants to translate the remainder of his petition as well. Since God speaks all languages, the English pronunciation would have proven sufficient if his intentions were to speak into the ear of God.
In his closing line, Warren petitioned "Help us to remember that we are united not by race or religion or blood, but over our commitment to freedom and justice for all." And though there can be a unity among and between human beings that transcend the genetic categories of race or ethnicity, that is only possible on the basis of some shared religious commonality that Warren thumbed his nose at the Almighty about that our unity is not based upon.
Some will claim but what about our commitment to freedom and justice as Warren mentions. Those would be good foundations to build upon, but in this day where the nation's leaders stand upon the steps of the nation's Capitol and lecture us as to how no set of ideas or beliefs are better than any other, just whose version of freedom and justice then are we going to live by?
One would think Warren would be more aware of these implications, technical sounding as they might be. After all, it was in the name of freedom, not so much in the sense of doing what they want to to each other but rather from the standpoint of you having to stand around and applaud them as good people for doing it, that the sissies flew into conniptions saying that Warren was unacceptable to play a part in the inauguration because of his refusal to embrace sodomite nuptials.
Even some of the parts of Warren’s prayer innocuous upon initially hearing them needed to be examined further in light of the nature and character of the President for whom such petitions were being invoked. For example, for the most part, there is nothing wrong in calling for “civilizing our attitudes, even when we differ” as Warren invoked. However, when this is invoked by liberals it is usually a warning that conservatives will not be permitted to speak out in opposition to their ideological opponents without being battered by the usual refrain of “bigot, sexist, homophobe” and that protestor types will be pretty much permitted to smash property and loot as they see fit with those in authority applauding such rabble rousers for raising awareness and such.
From the highpoint of Warren’s prayer, the Inaugural ceremonies pretty much went down hill from there.
One might be able to shield Obama from the criticism of the bit players brought onto the stage by claiming that these individuals represent their own voices and were not necessarily endorsed by the President in their entirety. However, one cannot explain away the words and tone spewed fourth from his own lips during what should have been the most deliberate enunciation of his worldview and beliefs he is likely ever to make before the American people.
As with most politicians, Obama has tried to be all things to all men so that he might hoodwink the greatest number. Peppered throughout the address were a number of rhetorical concessions designed to lull the critical thinking of those living by conservative principles but who have not really given them considerable reflection.
For example, President Obama said, “For as much as government...must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies.” And towards the end of this portion of his address, the President said, “But these values upon which our success depends...These things are true...What is demanded then is a return to these truths.”
More conservative and Christian words could not be spoken. However, much of the address undermined these very words and the venerable aforementioned philosophies indispensable to a strong nation.
Obama said, “Our economy is badly weakened, and consequences of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some but also out of our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.” In other words, the ruined economy is not the fault of crooked financiers and welfare leeches thinking they are entitled to own a house whether they can afford one or not, but also the fault of those that go to work and mind their own business.
For you see, in the dawning era, you are at fault --- especially if you work your own way through life and mind your own business. This is evidenced in the rhetoric sprinkled throughout Obama's address.
The first phrase already noted is "our collective failure". For in the "new age" Obama repeatedly mentions, one is not judged or held accountable primarily as an individual but rather as a component of a particular group or class.
The traditional rights and protections Americans have called upon in the past to defend against encroachments by government or to correct injustices will no longer necessarily apply. Our new lord has said as such himself when he intoned, "...the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply". Elsewhere in the same address Obama declared, "On this day, we proclaim an end to the...worn out dogmas that for too long strangled our politics."
And what might these worn out "dogmas" and "political arguments" be, ladies and gentleman? That all men are created equal? That Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech? That the right to bear arms shall not be infringed? That the government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take it all away?
Millions around the world have died for these principles over the course of the 20th and now into the 21st centuries. But to Barack Obama, they are inconveniences to be set aside by the wave of his mighty hand if they get in the way of his interpretation of bipartisanship, which means a uniformity of opinion.
The Protobeast intoned, “The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified." So in other words, so long as Mussolini keeps the trains running on time, we have no right to voice our concerns as to how much the government might be prying into our lives and into areas over which no healthy state is capable of exerting a balanced influence.
Those that have coasted by not paying much attention to the extent to which conditions have deteriorated will respond that truth, justice, and the American way will prevent Obama from doing too much damage. However, as a master deceiver having dutifully learned at the feet of his socialist handlers who have groomed him for the role he now holds, Obama will not blatantly set aside these cherished notions but instead recast them in an image useful for achieving his own ends.
Obama admonished, "Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America." While the country may have a few issues and problems that need to be addressed, are things really so bad that we need to "remake America"?
For does not that invocation imply that everything this nation was built upon and made it great has to be scrapped in its entirety? And that is exactly what Obama intends to do.
For example, in the inaugural address, Obama promised, “We will restore science to its rightful place.” From this, one would assume that doctors were still using leeches to bleed patients. However, what Obama is calling for here is a fanatic round of baby harvesting in pursuit of stem cells and having evolution crammed down the throats of American school children as the sole explanation as to the origins of life on earth.
Parents thinking otherwise might not have any say in the matter unless they are willing to pay the price as homeschool fugitives if Obama continues his pattern of modeling the U.S. along the lines of the European Union. Obama promised, “And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.”
Did you just notice that, dear reader: “the demands of a NEW AGE.” Having heard it now for nearly 40 years along with related variants such as the Age of Aquarius, the term has come to jokingly characterize long-haired beatniks that might have taken one too many hits on the bong but who are otherwise mellow and good-natured. However, the concept of the New Age is to the realms of spirituality, philosophy, and religion what the term New World Order is to politics and essentially serves as the foundational worldview of this proposed geo-political social system.
Frederick Meekins is an independent theologian and social critic. He holds a BS in Political Science/History. Frederick earned a MA in Apologetics & Christian Philosophy from Trinity Theological Seminary. Frederick holds a Doctor of Practical Theology through the Master's Graduate School Of Divinity in Evansville, Indiana. Dr. Meekins is pursuing a Ph.D. in Apologetics through Newburgh Theological Seminary. His books are available in print and electronic formats through Amazon.com. His ministry site, Issachar Bible Church & Apologetics Research Institute, can be found at http://issacharbiblechurch.blogspot.com/. The Twitter page of Dr. Meekins can be found at