President Obama delivered his final speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 20, 2016. Throughout the speech, he admonished world leaders that all countries need to conform to global tolerance and integration and to reject any form of nationalism or traditional beliefs.
Much of the speech can be seen in a positive light by freedom loving people everywhere who value peace, liberty, and prosperity. The danger, though, is to elevate these global goals above all else so that the ‘ends justify the means’. For example, to achieve peace and to eliminate fundamental Islamic terrorism, we shouldn’t reject all forms of fundamental belief systems.
Fundamental beliefs are not only about terrorism. For example, a fundamental Christian belief is Redemption: Jesus died on the cross for our sin and salvation is available to anyone who accepts Jesus as their savior. This is foundational to the Christian faith. There are many others, of course, but to be told by global elitists what is acceptable to believe and what is not acceptable is antithetical to liberty and elevates “tolerance” toward all above what many believe is the truth of God’s word.