Obama the Anti-Christ?
Why? Well, people oversees like him -- that has to a bad mark on him. For some reason Americans take pride in being hated by "foreigners." We consider this perspective a matter of jealousy. So, if Obama is popular then he must be a -- traitor? Or, a weakling?
He's promising to make life better for the majority of Americans -- affordable health care for instance! Although gay rights activists aren't excited about the progress so far, just promising to ease the burden of gays and lesbians in America makes him a pariah.
Matt Sutton, a historian of American religion and author of an excellent study of Aimee Semple McPherson, opines as to Obama's problem with apocalyptic-driven evangelicals. No matter how hard he tries to break through and communicate with a vast majority of evangelicals they spurn his advances as anti-Christian. Indeed, even though he's more apt to quote Jesus than did the evangelical favorite George W. Bush, his rhetoric seen as pseudo-Christian and a cover for his devious plans to remake America into a pluralistic sort of place.
Anyway, back to Matt's article in Religion Dispatches, he opines as to Obama's problem.
So what does this mean for the Obama administration? Nothing very promising. Despite the president’s desire to find common ground with evangelicals, he is unlikely to be able to penetrate the apocalyptic fears that have characterized the evangelical movement since the Great Depression.
Obama is caught in a classic catch-22. The Antichrist, the Bible explains, is going to masquerade as an angel of light. This means that the more Obama accomplishes as president and the more he improves America’s image abroad, the more suspicious evangelicals will become; they don’t want to be duped by the devil. Obama’s talk of more cooperation with other nations, the possibility of a national health care plan, his move to nationalize some private businesses, and his goal of expanding protection of the rights of gays and lesbians will drive evangelicals to one certain conclusion: the End of Days are upon us.
And what to do? Well, perhaps pray for the rapture so that we end up getting the kinds of reforms that will make life easier and more peaceful. Of course, as a pastor of a Christian Church, I'd rather not be "left behind"! A better solution, perhaps, is for Christians to rethink their view of God's future, recognizing that this "left behind" theology is less than true to the Scriptures and the Christian faith.