Recently, Dr. Benjamin Carson, Sr., a neurosurgeon and the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, seems to have struck a chord with the American public from a speech given at last week’s National Prayer Breakfast. Since that time, pundits have both criticized and lauded Dr. Carson.
For example, Cal Thomas called on Carson to apologize for ambushing President Obama for breaking a “61-year-old tradition and publicly disagree[ing] with some of the president’s policies” instead of confining his remarks to “another Kingdom.”1 On the other side of the proverbial aisle, Sean Hannity invited Dr. Carson on-air to discuss his speech, presumably for conservative fodder.
While some seek to stifle free speech under the guise of political correctness,2 Dr. Carson offered biblical teachings in harmony with the teachings of Old Testament prophets as well as those of the Savior. What many seem to have missed in the follow-on commentary to his speech, regardless of which side of the aisle you find yourself on, was the stark divide between Dr. Carson’s unifying message vs. the divisiveness of the social gospel being promulgated by political leaders in recent years. Surely, the display of priestcraft as statecraft has rarely been more evident.
Below is Dr. Carson’s recent interview regarding President Obama’s state of the union address last night. A truly common sense approach.
- “Dr. Ben Carson should apologize to President Obama”. 12 Feb 2013. Fox News. 13 Feb 2013.↩
- Blair, Leonardo. “Neurosurgeon Ben Carson Not Sorry for Prayer Breakfast Speech; Would Run for President?“. 13 Feb 2013. Christian Post. 13 Feb 2013.↩