Obama: The Antichrist?
The past 2 days have been filled with lots of “Left-Behind” type anecdotes and stories from several people. I learned that a couple of Deaf friends have become obsessed with end-times tomfoolery, and have bit hook, line, and sinker into the latest prediction for the Rapture. Now the world will apparently come to an end in 2012 or 2015. Doesn’t anyone realize that’s a rip-off of the ancient Mayan calendar, which ends in 2012? Stuff like this is why I abandoned dispensationalism as a valid systematic theology. Besides, a straightforward reading of Scripture doesn’t support dispensationalism anyway.
But I was intrigued by a major statement many of these stories have in common. Apparently, the election of Barack Obama to the presidency is now the trigger that will bring about the end times! While I do believe that Obama is antichrist in the Biblical sense (meaning he is not for Jesus, period), I do not believe that Obama is the Antichrist (the one who will bring about the Tribulation). Of course, I could be wrong. I’m more inclined to believe Steve Spurrier or Nick Saban is the Antichrist, or even the Florida Gators football team as a whole, but I digress.
Instead of seeking to directly address this issue, I’m going to reproduce here in its entirety an article by Michael Mckinley from the 9 Marks Blog that pretty much expresses exactly what I think of this “Obamantichrist” stuff, especially in the paragraph about the monsters of history. Enjoy.
In the past week and a half, I have been fielding more than my normal number of questions from people about the antichrist. It seems that the election results have gone in ways that make some Christians fear that the end times are upon us and evil is making its climactic rise to challenge the authority of God.
Now first let me say that, as much as I am sinfully tempted to snigger at people who see the Book of Revelation under every rock, Christians certainly need to be wise and watchful as they live in a fallen world. So maybe the president-elect is the antichrist. But then again, maybe Tony Romo is. Time will tell. As an Eagles fan, you know which way I’m leaning.
Here’s what I think about the question, though:
I don’t know if Obama is a Christian or not. If he’s not, then he’s antichrist in the sense that anyone who is not for Jesus is against him (Luke 11:23). But then so is my next door neighbor who smokes pot in his garage until 5:00 AM on Sunday mornings. Whether or not the president-elect is for Jesus or against him isn’t my call to make.
But more importantly, this question seems to take a very America-centric view of eschatology. Monsters like Hitler, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, and Josef Stalin have all risen and fallen and have not been the harbinger of the end times. But this guy wants to socialize our health care, and Jesus is supposed to be so enraged that he will come storming back to save us?
Please. The Christian faith is doing great. Christ’s church is being built. The gospel is exploding in other parts of the world. It’s not the end of the world… just because you think America’s going down the tubes or because you don’t like the guy elected to lead one branch of the government for the next four years.
If you’re struggling… just take a deep breath, put down your copy of Left Behind, and pray for the president-elect.