Paul's Revolution -- Day 6
A friend of mine asked a very good question: “I'm curious which policies/words from Obama make him an antichrist.”
A lot of the material out about President Obama as ‘the’ Antichrist is fabricated based on numerology, scriptural speculation, and political bias, so when I said that President Obama is ‘an’ antichrist what did I mean by that, and what policies and statements support this claim. The Apostle John wrote, “Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22, NIV). So the question is what does President Obama believe about the Son of God? President Obama said, “Jesus is a historical figure for me, and he’s also a bridge between God and man, in the Christian faith, and one that I think is powerful precisely because he serves as that means of us reaching something higher. And he’s also a wonderful teacher. I think it’s important for all of us, of whatever faith, to have teachers in the flesh and also teachers in history.” As Senator Barack Obama told an audience that although he believes Christ died for his sins, those who reject that teaching can also be children of God. On the surface it would seem that the President affirms the crucial doctrine of salvation through the forgiving grace of Christ, the mediator between God and man.
The problem occurs on two fronts. The first front is his attempt to be inclusive of other faiths. Jesus says that He is the only way to God. As such that means those who do not believe are not his children. In fact the scriptures say that they are his enemies, as we who believe once were. If the President means that we are all children because we have been created in God’s likeness that is a nice sentiment but not a biblical one. A people who hold that view believe that other faiths can lead them to God. God’s children are those who are born of faith in Christ. It would seem that the President affirms a faith that he culturally inherited and leans on when politically expedient. In addressing a University in Cairo, Egypt, the President acknowledged his Christianity, but raised the Muslim faith to the same level as the Christian faith. In other words, “My faith is good for me, your faith is good for you, let’s just get along.” As Christians we are called to be ambassadors for Christ and do everything possible to bring the truth of Christ to a lost world.
The second front deals with policy decisions. When Peter told Jesus that he would do everything in his power to keep Jesus from going to the cross, Jesus scolded him and said, “Get behind me Satan!” Those were harsh words, and very revealing. Jesus said that if we love Him we would obey him and if we promote that which is immoral then we are not promoting His agenda but the agenda of Satan. So, as I look at policy decisions made by the President I see that he has supported abortion rights and gay rights in particular. These are not in line with biblical teaching. They are anti-Christian. Now one could say that the President isn’t personally for these things and in a pluralistic society we all have the right to live how we chose and therefore he supports people’s freedom and not the actions themselves. As Christians obedience to the commands of God is a higher calling then the individual’s right to sinful action. The President is either for Christ (and votes that way) or he is against Christ (antichrist) and supports the ‘right’ of people to be immoral.
It isn’t easy for a Christian to be the President because if you stand on biblical principles you will be labeled intolerant, bigoted, and narrow minded. It would be difficult to bring people together because the gospel repels the darkness. So, either the President becomes a beacon of biblical light or he deludes his faith into irrelevance. I believe that President Obama has chosen the latter