Neither Messiah Nor Antichrist

I welcomed my six international guests last week just hours before the last presidential debate. “You have come,” I said to them, “during the most interesting, historic election campaign in my lifetime.” I meant, of course, the contest between Hillary and Barak and then the rise of an African-American to the top of a national ticket.

What I didn’t mean was the sort of transcendent and troubling rhetoric used both to anoint and undermine Obama.

One West Coast observer wrote: “No, it’s not merely his youthful vigor, or handsomeness, or even inspiring rhetoric. It is not fresh ideas or cool charisma or the fact that a black president will be historic and revolutionary in about a thousand different ways. It is something more…a sort of powerful luminosity, a unique high-vibration integrity…Many spiritually advanced people I know identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment. These kinds of people actually help us evolve. They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul.”

No wonder Louis Farrakkan, Supreme Minister of the Nation of Islam, calls Obama the Messiah, as does Rush Limbaugh, in his customary mixture of anger, bombast, ridicule, and humor.

Both sides of this messianic chorus are bunk—both those who call him messiah and those who curse his messianic tag. Obama is a politician, running for election, eager to hold office and exercise power: just like Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, and the Bush boys. Nothing more, nothing less.

Certainly not Antichrist.

Time magazine published an article in August dealing with the rumor that Obama is, not the messiah, but the antichrist. More than 800,000 web sites—such as obamaantichrist—come up when a search is made for “Obama Antichrist.” This is far less than the 2.4 million related to his messianic mission, but it is still worth noting.

For instance: “Barak Obama is the antichrist and I have the proof! The Nation of Islam prophesied the final Mohammed (a Muslim) would come into the world from the union of a white female and a black male based on the story of Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ. Obama fulfills this. Obama hails from Chicago, who zip code is 60606—do you see the three sexes?—Obama would be a black president in the white house; Satan is described as black in attribute who seeks to take over the white mansion known as heaven. Obama’s first name is Jewish and means ‘blessed.’ Obama is Muslim.”

Is that crazy or what?

Like I was saying to my international guests: this political campaign is the most shake-your-head, throw-up-your-hands presidential season in the history of the world—that’s what I wanted to say but I knew it would not translate well.


4 comments so far

  1. sandysays1 on

    An intelligent observation, so refreshing. Politics have become so polarized, right and left, that this country is spiraling downward. Question: what does the personal parameters of Michele or Cindy do to salvage our economy? Protect us from terrorists? Respectfully, we are dividing our country so deeply and bitterly we will be lucky to survive.

  2. Camille Haggard on

    Good points. However, I would really like to hear some specifics from Obama. His transcendental speeches mesmerize people who don’t understand a word of what he said. He essentially says nothing too often. I’m a person who likes to deal in specifics and I feel more comfortable going straight to the issues. I don’t think he does.

  3. Tad on

    I agree with Camille. Obama is a lot of hot air and very little substance. He either demonstrates very poor judgement in the types of people he associates with or else he is an extremist in sheeps clothing. I suspect that either is a very poor choice for the President of the US.

  4. dmoody on

    I suggest to read through his web site and also the party platform of the Democratic Party, for more specifics.

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