President Obama invited a lesbian pastor to read scripture at the White House's Easter Prayer Breakfast this week – which one theologian says is actually completely in line with the president's religious beliefs.
Jasmine Beach-Farrara didn't hide her sexual orientation when she got up to read: "Greetings from Asheville, North Carolina, and also from the LGBT community of North Carolina, which I'm proud to be a part of and honored to serve through my ministry." (See related story)
Worldview expert Alex McFarland says the Christian community is getting tired of being poked in the eye by this president.
"Inviting a pro-gay activist to speak at a White House prayer breakfast is just one more in a long line of very public examples whereby the president has made it very clear that he not only wants to reshape America, but really [wants to] try to redefine Christianity," says McFarland.
Theologian and attorney Abe Hamilton of American Family Association says Obama is actually being true to his faith. He says after 20 years of sitting under Jeremiah Wright in Chicago, the president believes in liberation theology – a heresy that distorts the essence of the gospel.
"The fundamental premise and tenet of liberation theology is that salvation is when the disenfranchised, the politically weak, the minorities are positioned to thrive – or when the down-and-outs are made the up-and-comings, so to speak."
So when Beach-Farrara reads this passage from Matthew 5: "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" ...
Hamilton says her liberation theology would place the victimized homosexual in the role of the persecuted. The same goes for Jesus' blessing of the poor in the same passage, he adds.
"The liberation theology proponent would say blessed are those who are financially poor. Nobody else is blessed," he explains. "The rich then become an enemy of the blessed. Those who have substance become an oppressor of the blessed."
Seen from that perspective, says Hamilton, President Obama's support of same-sex "marriage," abortion, and the rest of liberal orthodoxy is completely understandable.
Beach-Ferrrara, ordained in the United Church of Christ, is executive director and founder of the Campaign for Southern Equality. She is currently running for a county commission seat in North Carolina.
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