I would suggest that Glenn Beck do his theological homework before evaluating the quality of someone else’s Christianity.
The report on his assessment (TNT, 8-30) of President Obama’s faith as somehow deficient and a “version of Christianity” which American people won’t recognize reveals an ignorance of a very central theme of the Bible.
“Liberation theology” is a modern term for a theme at the very heart of the Bible’s testimony to the nature and activity of God. From beginning to end, the Bible shows God as an advocate for the poor, the powerless and those exploited by the powerful. It reveals a God who judges nations on the basis of social justice, not on how many people “profess Jesus as their personal savior.”
Unfortunately, the kind of Christianity Beck seems to embrace as the only authentic form, and which he suggests is alone “familiar to the American people,” is a fairly modern creation (in the era of intense individualism and self-concern) with a primary focus upon private “salvation” along with private property and accumulation of private wealth.
That is not the religion of Jesus, nor of the great spokesmen for God in the Old Testament. Both put chief emphasis upon the well-being of all in society and upon social structures which serve equal justice for all. It is a similar passion for the common good, for the “general welfare” that I see and greatly appreciate in President Obama.