Obama's Theology of Original Sin, Fundamental Transformation and Utopia
There has been a great deal of nonsense written about the supposed cluelessness of our current administration concerning domestic and foreign policies. None of it is true. President Obama and his allies are not naïve, nor are they clueless idiots.
On the contrary, they are with great success deliberately sowing the seeds of a domestic and global revolution in order to fundamentally transform America and to use the United States’ global reach as a means for achieving a worldwide new order as defined by the Left’s deeply held, religious beliefs.
The theological justifications foundational for revolutionizing (“fundamentally transforming”) America and the world are at least twofold: One is to bring to fruition the leftist concept of a socialist/communist utopia through the destruction of the old order. The other is to expiate America’s original sin of slavery and European colonialism by destroying or transforming the irredeemable institutions that have perpetrated and continue to perpetrate the West’s societal distortions. For the Left, the original sin of racism, be it revealed in slavery or colonialism, has remained unexpurgated. It continuously mutates into new forms of racism because racism is a genetic moral deformation peculiar to the West.
Therefore, only revolutionary action that involves total destruction of Western institutions and the building of global structures from the ashes will finally expiate the original sins of racism and Western colonialism.
How and why is the leftist revolution to happen?
There are basically two types of revolution. One is characterized by public discontent welling from the bottom up. The result is a drastic change in governmental and societal constructs. The other involves authoritarian attempts to fundamentally transform a society from the top down. Often the one is nearly indistinguishable from the other, as the discontented who initially began the revolution find their way into the seats of power and then being to transform society by diktat, a term also known as “executive order.”
The American rebels of the sixties have gradually taken the seats of power in government and nearly every societal institution. They then hope to use that power to complete the transformation of the Republic of the United States into the socialist utopia which is not only to be a template for a new world order, but which is to be a leader in promoting it. The vast influence of the United States is to be turned into a force for transforming the entire world. To put it another way, a completely secularized version of the Christian “Great Commission” to preach the gospel is to be the new way of preaching and fostering good for all mankind. The idea of seeding cells is very similar to the establishment of Christian “house churches” in ancient Rome and indeed throughout history, including present-day China. The difference, of course, is that the State as characterized by our current administration seeds cells committed to violence and chaos; whereas the Christian Church sought and seeks to establish the Kingdom of God characterized by love, peace, and goodwill.
For the Left, using America and its might for a global revolution will only be achieved by destruction of the United States as it is still presently constructed, much as the Bolsheviks of Russian attempted to destroy czarist Russia, then to transform and use a new communist Russia as the paradigm for a global revolution and reconstruction. In like manner, the radical transformation long desired by the Left means in practice the demolition of the pervasive paradigms presently defining and delineating nation states while favoring global entities such as the United Nations and the European Union.
In the attempt to change the centuries old nation state paradigm, particularly Western democracies as understood in the broader definition of democracy, destruction of traditional ways of thinking and traditional institutions remains a paramount objective of the Left.
In the stages of fomenting the destruction necessary for the new paradigm to be the paramount rationale for the construction of a new world, co-revolutionaries are welcomed and encouraged, as the Left believes it can use and control various discontent factions such as Islamist extremists, race hate mongers, youthful malcontents in academia, and anti-authoritarian, ideologically driven political groups opposed to the legitimate use of police authority. Add to this mix of malcontents the religion of multi-culturalism, which is the new polytheism forbidding the elevation of any religion as morally superior to another. All gods are equal. But the gods of the Left are more equal than other gods, particularly the God of Christianity, which the Left seeks to dethrone.
It is well to recall the Left sees just about any angry group as legitimately angry and as a potentially disruptive force for achieving leftist goals; that is, as weapons of destruction of the status quo. To that end, there is virtually no radical group, including Islamist terrorist groups, that the Left cannot legitimize by rationalizing the group’s violent outlook by predestinarian logic that pushes every action, no matter how odious, back to foundational issues the Left believes will be fixed once utopia is put into place. No violent group is to be held fully accountable for its actions because there are core reasons it has become disaffected and criminally minded -- core distortions of society can be straightened out by the utopia to come. The only illegitimate anger is righteous indignation against the atrocities perpetrated by violent groups, who are to be understood rather than confronted or eliminated.
In brief, fundamental transformation first requires fundamental destruction. Then rebuilding according to the religious tenets of the Left can happen.
We have an historical outline for how that destruction evolves; namely, the communist revolution in Russia, which had as its role model the French Revolution.
History reveals Lenin encouraged revolution not just in Russia, but throughout Europe and the United States. For instance, Lenin and his followers’ idea was to sow chaos by planting communist cells which would then encourage anarchy and perpetrate violence against the governments of the nations into which the seed cells were inserted. In a similar manner, our president and his administration have become proselytizers for Islamism and the Left.
The Left in the past and now was and is not particular about its allies as long as its leaders think they can control the factions they help to create. Leftism is not picky about anarchical cell groups as long as they are bent on violence. That is why leftists can look with equanimity on the seeding of Europe and America, as well as the Middle East, with radical Islamist cells by importation while steadfastly opposing the Christian religion that has informed and been the foundation of Western civilization for almost two thousand years. It is critical to the success of the global enterprise to diminish or even to eradicate the influence of Christianity, which because of its views of a divine order that transcends and informs all earthly governments is inherently opposed to a man-manufactured utopia created by the State.
The dream of a manmade 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. 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.
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.
Fay Voshell holds a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, which awarded her its prize for excellence in systematic theology. She is a frequent contributor to American Thinker. Her thoughts have appeared in numerous online magazines, including RealClearReligion, National Review, CNS and Fox News. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org