Obama the Redeemer: How should Christians respond?

Obama Messiah

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour shared some interesting thoughts about Barack Obama’s speech at Berlin’s Victory Column:

I did ask some people as they were leaving what they thought. Everybody said good, good. But I was surprised that there wasn’t this sort of euphoria afterwards, given how many people had come to listen and how much it had been anticipated.
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[T]he poll numbers for Barack Obama are vastly higher than those for John McCain. I think its because to them, he represents something totally new and they want something totally new. What — what one political analyst here said to me is people want a political redeemer — I mean, thats very specific language, and he said its not really based on facts, the — what they think about Obama, because they don’t really know. Its based on expectations.

In that sense, Europeans aren’t that different from Obama’s American supporters. Based on the few policy specifics he’s actually provided, I don’t expect any radical changes in America’s interventionist foreign policy.

But that doesn’t matter to Obama’s fans. He’s an empty vessel into which their hopes and dreams have been poured. Watch for profound and bitter disappointment when he fails to deliver.

And he will fail; the money men bankrolling his campaign have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

In that sense, Sen. Obama’s audience in Berlin was not all that different from the crowd gathered around Jesus in Galilee, which wanted to make Him king because He fed them (John 6:15). What could be better than a king who produces free food out of thin air?

The difference between Jesus and Sen. Obama is that Jesus refused the mantle of earthly power and rebuked those who tried to force it on Him. Obama, on the other hand, welcomes it. And since Jesus is the Christ, that makes Obama…

No, that’s too easy. And besides, it’s not a criticism unique to Barack Obama. A lot of professing Christians who ought to know better are actively seeking dominion over this earthly realm. It’s not going too far to say that Dominionism, a belief that Christians need to reclaim the world in God’s name, is the true spirit of Antichrist.

Show me in the Bible where Jesus taught His followers to take over the world through politics, entertainment, education, or anything other than simply proclaiming the gospel message wherever we go. And remember, He warned the disciples that the world would hate His followers just as it hated Him first (John 15:18-20). Unless Jesus was wrong about that, and He wasn’t, I don’t see much hope for true Christians to win political power.

Mark that: I said true Christians.

I’m doing some research on this evil brew of church and state. Dominionism is the most dangerous heresy threatening the church in America today precisely because it’s so appealing to the average Christian in the pew. Evangelicals tend to be among the country’s most patriotic citizens, and it’s painful to watch our country sliding into a cesspool of secular humanism. But that’s exactly what Jesus told us to expect.

We also need to get over the temptation to follow leaders, whether politicians or pastors, who want us to organize to counter the threat posed by the radical left. It’s tempting, but it’s the antithesis to the Obama thesis in this Hegelian dialectic of American politics. It’s not scriptural, it’s not doctrinal, and it’s going to pull a lot of well-meaning, church-going evangelicals into the same anti-Christian marriage of religion and state that spawned the worst excesses of the medieval Roman Catholic Church.

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