Thursday, May 01, 2008

Imam calls for an end to Black Theology

The respected Muslim leader Imam W. Deen Mohammed has publicly called for a move away from Black Theology.

The irony of Black Liberation Theology is that it was established for the purpose of empowering black people. Yet, like all aberrant teachings, instead of empowering it weakens. Just as a son of Black America is positioned to attain what those in the Civil Rights era did not believe was attainable, it is Black Theology which may prove to be his undoing. Unfortunately, Senator Obama has discovered what we have understood for quite some time, namely that Black Liberation Theology is not just unbiblical, but it does not truly liberate. He has discovered that it is not a help but a hindrance to truth and reconciliation. Did James Cone intend for his theology to be an albatross around the neck of the first truly viable Black candidate for the presidency of the United States? Probably not. Yet, the fact of the matter is that Obama's problem is that black liberation theology is coming home to roost. Perhaps, after this episode in his life, if he is truly a Christian, Barack Obama and his family will seek out a more biblical, evangelical Christian church in which to serve and worship. Only time will tell. In the meantime, a Muslim voice has joined the discussion and calling for an end to the folly of Black Theology. Will we hear him?

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