Most folks are familiar with Jesus Loves The Little Children, the classic sing-along hymn tailored for the kiddies’ set. Here’s the well-know refrain:
Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red and yellow, black and white,
All are precious in His sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
A new Obama “hymn” has surfaced on YouTube (yet again). Frankly, there are so many of these musical paeans to The One out there, they’re popping up in cyberspace like so many crazed prairie dogs on meth. This particular one debuted at a grade school somewhere in New Jersey. It’s not just a little ditty. It’s almost epic. But one stanza jumped out and clobbered me:
Barack Hussein Obama
He said Red, Yellow, Black or White
All are equal in his sight
Mmm, mmm, mmm!
Let’s set aside the troubling aspect of this smacking of a blatant attempt to brainwash our impressionable little ones. Or that, curiously, this lovely little chant doesn’t seem to violate the Left’s sacrosanct—and largely fictional, distorted—principle of “separation of church and state”; at least, one could thus conclude since, in this instance, the ACLU is AWOL. We can argue the issue of church and state, but it seems to me Eric Holder should at least be prosecuting somebody for copyright infringement.
What interests me is that while Jesus sees all children—and, by inference, all people—as precious, a perception born out of deep abiding Love, today’s ersatz Messiah sees everybody as equal. Equality is, evidently, the Highest Good, trumping even Love.
Of course, Jesus, too, is color-blind. In his sight, red and yellow, black and white—all are equal. But Jesus recognizes an organic equality. All humans share the metaphysical distinction of being molded in the very “image” of God, all are inherently stamped with a Holy Imprimatur which sanctions human beings to be pale expressions of—and imperfect reflections of—The Divine’s attributes. So our common humanity and intrinsic equality is ontological, rooted in our very bed-rock nature.
But Barack Obama has something else in mind. Despite empirical evidence to the contrary, He champions a pure moral equivalence in the name of “diversity”. He believes in an experiential, worldly equality that must be finessed and compelled and which wars against human freedom, the expression of which can never be homogenous. In truth, such immanent equality can only perfectly exist in the abstract.
This reveals one of many contradictions in leftist thinking. Liberals believe that Man is perfectible through evolution and by humanist enterprise yet deny any real inherent value to human life. This attitude is manifested in the Left’s addiction to abortion, its penchant for euthanasia in some form or another, its promotion of perverse, dehumanized culture devoid of transcendent meaning and by its conviction that Homo sapiens have no more intrinsic value than a titmouse. Radical ideology, lofty rhetoric and idealism notwithstanding, has no genuine love for people; human beings are inevitably seen as expendable (to wit, the mass slaughters of the last century).
Jesus declared, “the poor you will always have with you.” But isn’t this a tacit admission that perfect plenary equality in a free-will Universe is an impossibility? It’s one thing to strive to promote and effect equality by removing impediments to opportunities for all; it’s another to impose it through artifice at the expense of freedom.
That’s the difference between Jesus and the Latter-Day Messiah we happen to be stuck with. Jesus of Nazareth loves each of us and has ordained our moral freedom to make our way in this world and to make the most of our lives (with inevitable mixed results). Barry of Hyde Park loves Himself but promises us the illusion that we’re all equal—or will be—He’s still working on it.
Call me old-fashioned, but I think I’ll stick with Jesus Loves The Little Children.