Thursday, July 24, 2008

Is Barack Obama the Anti-Christ?

I was at work last night when someone asked me if I thought that Barack Obama was the antichrist. I laughed a little bit because after the 10 or so major "gaffes" Obama has made in the past 2 weeks, I somehow imagine the incarnate of the devil to be a little more eloquent.

I have come across some believers who I respect who really, really think that Barach Obama is the antichrist. I was a little shocked because I respect these people and they aren't the ones buying "left behind" insurance. I set out then to find out if this movement is a steady one and so I turned to google. If you put Barach Obama Antichrist you get the following:

"Results 1 - 10 of about 336,000 for barack obama antichrist"

So yeah, there are a lot of sites devoted to this thought. Compare this to if you put John McCain Antichrist:

"Results 1 - 10 of about 211,000 for john mccain antichrist."

Lets just say that many of these sites actually still refer to Barack. Either way, this appears to be a legititmate question for a lot of people?

The top website, "Barack Obama the Antichrist?" has the following as its header:

"Barack Obama may be the Antichrist, he has risen up out of no where, he mesmerizes crowds, people are gathering in huge numbers, he is likely becoming the next President of the United States. Do not look only to what I say, but look to your Bibles, to passages in John, Daniel, and Revelations."

I also found this interesting video where John Hagee states that Obama isn't the antichrist:

Anyway, I think there are a couple things to take away from this. First, I don't think Obama is the antichrist. That said, I also am not really qualified to state if he is or is not? In Matthew 24 Jesus made the point to not try and guess but to stay away from them. Somehow trying to "out" someone as the antichrist is rather pointless because Scripture states pretty clearly it will be unmistakable who the guy is! It's an adventure then in missing the point!

I also think however we would be wise to not miss what is going on in the larger picture! First, a lot of people are being drawn to this guy, across the world, because of a strong personality! A lot of people don't even really know who he is but they just want something "different". Change is not always a good thing when it is not defined what change is? It is also scary to see how quick people are willing to follow someone who they do not know! I will admit I wondered how the antichrist could "woo" the world, this is giving me a good idea!


"Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." Matthew 7:13-14