Obama landed in Cuba this week and, as such, is the first US President to set foot in the country since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. His trip included attending a baseball game with the Cuban president, as well as holding a live press conference alongside the Communist leader, taking turns sharing applause and grievances for life in both countries.
But contrary to Obama’s public admonition prior to leaving Cuba that our two countries should abandon the “last remnants of the Cold War”, the president’s actions in Cuba this week did not mark the end of the effects of the Cold War, but rather continued the already sliding progression of which side of the war against Communism our nation sits.
This was perhaps best seen in the President’s response to Castro’s criticism against the lack of social services our country provides it’s people. Castro stated that it is “inconceivable that a government does not defend and secure the right to health care, equal pay and the rights of children.” Instead of seizing the opportunity to encourage their nation to explore individual freedoms and personal responsibility (encouraging a move toward democracy), Obama followed this up with, “In [Castro’s] view, making sure that everybody is getting a decent education or health care, has basic security in old age, that those things are human rights as well. I personally would not disagree with him.”
It’s easy to hear comments like this and miss the real nature of the issues. I want us to understand what this is really all about.
It’s about determining the source of our hope.
From a faith standpoint, socialism and communism look to the nation itself to do what only God can. It’s a misplaced hope and it can never produce the utopia that we are promised. While the world is hailing the uniting of two nations, I believe we should grieve for the continued and unnecessary distance that we are placing between God and man.
In Genesis 11, Nimrod wrongly commissioned the building of the Tower of Babel to fortify the people against God (in case he would decide to send another global flood) and as a result, Nimrod led the people to depend upon himself and the strength of the tower, rather than to depend upon God to meet their needs. This is the nature of Socialism and the Communist State; a misled reliance on the institution to try to do for the people, what only God can do.
It’s time we wake up America. This isn’t about politics, it’s about placing our trust together as one people under God. This is our only hope for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.