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Obama’s Blinding Style, Part 2

  1. Obama’s Blinding Style, Part 1
  2. Obama’s Blinding Style, Part 2
  3. Obama’s Blinding Style, Part 3
  4. Obama’s Blinding Style, Part 4
  5. Obama’s Blinding Style, Part 5 & Final
  6. A Response to Obama’s Blinding Style
  7. More on Obama’s Style & Abortion

In the modern US political context, the nation is at a tipping point. The old Judeo-Christian foundations of the nation are being eroded. They have been replaced with an Atheistic-Materialistic paradigm. The United States is no longer “one nation under God.” The United States is one geography being shared by two distinct “nations” – peoples with different moral and meta-physical visions for the country. While the US is at a tipping point, Europe has already “tipped” by repudiating the Judeo-Christian first principles.

In the US we witness the outworking of these “two nations” in a narrowly divided Supreme Court and electorate. We see this, on the surface, as a fight between Democrats and Republicans, between liberals and conservatives, between the cities and the heartland, between blue and red states. But the larger issue is unseen, below the surface; it is the moral and metaphysical vision for the country. For some people, the paradigm – worldview – that sets the vision is consciously held. However for most people, their assumptions are unconscious and unexamined.  But because ideas have consequences, these two very different moral visions inevitably create two very different nations.

The two visions are rooted in Judeo-Christian Theism and Atheistic-Materialism (Naturalism).  Is there a God or is there no God? Is human life sacred or is it a cosmic accident? Is there freedom of religion or freedom from religion? Is marriage a covenantal relationship between one man and one woman or is it a social contract between two or more consenting adults? Do we want freedom to do good, or license to do evil? Is there absolute truth and morals or is everything relative? The struggle is for the soul of America.  Are we “one nation under God” or “one nation under man?”  The tension that exists today within the fabric of the society cannot exist much longer. We are at a tipping point!

Because the issues are so large,  impactful, and “below the surface” they create profound emotions.  This is why there was a demonization by many on the “right” of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. And this is why there was a profound hatred and revulsion by many of the “left” of George Bush and Sarah Palin.  The intensity of the angst in these last election cycles exist because of the power of two very different visions for the nation.

To move beyond the polarization we need to begin to  consciously examine the ideas and consequences of the two visions and engage in a civil discourse of our national – and perhaps global – future.

-Darrow L. Miller

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Darrow is co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance and a featured author and teacher. For over 30 years, Darrow has been a popular conference speaker on topics that include Christianity and culture, apologetics, worldview, poverty, and the dignity of women. From 1981 to 2007 Darrow served with Food for the Hungry International (now FH association), and from 1994 as Vice President. Before joining FH, Darrow spent three years on staff at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland where he was discipled by Francis Schaeffer. He also served as a student pastor at Northern Arizona University and two years as a pastor of Sherman Street Fellowship in urban Denver, CO. In addition to earning his Master’s degree in Adult Education from Arizona State University, Darrow pursued graduate studies in philosophy, theology, Christian apologetics, biblical studies, and missions in the United States, Israel, and Switzerland. Darrow has authored numerous studies, articles, Bible studies and books, including Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Culture (YWAM Publishing, 1998), Nurturing the Nations: Reclaiming the Dignity of Women for Building Healthy Cultures (InterVarsity Press, 2008), LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day (YWAM, 2009), Rethinking Social Justice: Restoring Biblical Compassion (YWAM, 2015), and more. These resources along with links to free e-books, podcasts, online training programs and more can be found at Disciple Nations Alliance (https://disciplenations.org).