This Is The New Testament?
Vol: 77 Issue: 23 Saturday, February 23, 2008
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2nd Timothy 4:3-4)
At this point in the process, nobody can yet say with 100% certainty who will be on the November presidential ballot, although the smart money right now is betting on McCain vs Obama.
Or, if one is taking one’s political cues from the mainstream media, its the Antichrist vs. the Messiah.
According to the New York Times, (and many conservative commentators) the Antichrist is John McCain. There’s something about John McCain . . .
Last month, the NYTimes endorsed his candidacy. Last week, the New York Times ran a negative story about him so thin that even many Democrats leaped to his defense — including uber-Clintonite loyalist Lanny Davis.
I won’t go into all the details — you can get that from the news, but Davis called the NYTimes’ charges ‘meritless’ and even argued in McCain’s defense.
“It is sad and unfortunate that facts are not included to make a fair story and that good journalism rules were not followed,” Davis said, while emphasizing he does NOT support McCain.
The fact that prominent Democrats are coming out in McCain’s defense has McCain’s critics on the Right flummoxed, as well.
They were all set to launch their own assault on McCain, but the NYTimes’ hit piece forced them to rally around their antichrist candidate.
David Brody, writing for CBN, noted: “In [the] conservative world, if The New York Times does a ‘hit job’ on you, then you wear that as a conservative badge of honor. This story could actually help John McCain.”
Indeed it could. Sean Hannity has been among McCain’s most vocal conservative critics. But when the McCain gossip column appeared on Page One, and above the fold, Hannity was livid.
“This is the most despicable act of liberal bias that I have seen in my life,” he thundered.
“They wanted you to come to a conclusion, and that is that Senator McCain had some kind of relationship with a female lobbyist and did special favors for her. It is beyond disgusting and despicable.”
While conservatives struggle to find something they like about the antichrist, liberals have unabashedly embraced Barack Obama as their Messiah.
Last year, Tim Noah at “Slate” inaugurated the “Obama Messiah Watch,” asking:
“Is Barack Obama–junior U.S. senator from Illinois, best-selling author, Harvard Law Review editor, Men’s Vogue cover model, and ‘exploratory’ presidential candidate–the second coming of our Savior and our Redeemer, Prince of Peace and King of Kings, Jesus Christ? His press coverage suggests we can’t dismiss this possibility out of hand.”
That was a year ago. A Google search for the words “Obama” and “messiah” this morning returned more than a quarter million results.
There is even a blog called, “Is Barack Obama The Messiah?” that tracks quotes from True Believers.
For example, this quote from the Dallas Morning News February 28:
It was more like church – not the stuffy kind, but roof-shaking soul church where people testify and dance in the aisles when the spirit’s upon them.
“It’s electric! Can’t you feel it?” said one man, who told me he was headed for work at the IRS after the rally. I could feel it, because it’s a fundamental element of crowd psychology that the expectation of “electricity” creates it. . . . ”
This photo of Barack Obama was taken at a fund-raiser in April and published in New York Magazine under the title, “The Transfiguration.”
Notice the man sitting to the right in the picture (on Obama’s left) in the blue shirt. That is billionaire and Moveon.org patron George Soros. Notice also, the reverent, misty-eyed adoration of his followers.
Also listed among Obama’s Apostles are Oprah Winfrey, who gushed that Obama’s ‘eloquence’ is rooted in the fact he has “a tongue dipped in the unvarnished truth.”
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, (who actually moderated MSNBC’s presidential debates) abandoned any pretense of journalistic impartiality, babbling of Obama;
“I’ve never seen anything like this. This is bigger than Kennedy. [Obama] comes along, and he seems to have the answers. This is the New Testament.”
A few other Obama quotes out there on the net include:
“The atmosphere at his events is such that one wonders if Obama is about to walk out with a basket with some loaves and fishes to feed the thousands,” wrote Geoff Elliott in The Australian.
“It’s almost like the Messiah, you know?” said a young woman at one of his rallies, according to WCCO in Minnesota.
“It was raw, naked, complete, worship, love, heart-whole passionate stunned and almost unbelieving but desperately wanting to believe him adoration,” wrote one skeptic who was quoted after attending an Obama rally.
“He is their Messiah. It’s a cult.”
In a piece called “The Liberal Messiah” in the American Thinker, J.R. Dunn says that the cult of personality surrounding Obama is symptomatic of how liberals see their leaders.
“A leader is a transcendent being, someone more than human, someone with a touch of the divine,” writes Dunn.
“Leaders don’t handle tasks, they lead movements, they embody the spirit of the age. They transform. Leaders, to put it simply, are fuhrers. This explains why liberals are so attracted to tyrants on the international scene.”
What I find so fascinating is the role reversal. The secular media literally worships Obama, using adjectives like ‘messiah” and ‘messianic’ in almost every story covering his campaign.
In the meantime, conservatives are doing their level best to find something defensible about their Antichrist candidate.
Before the Silly Season is over, I expect to see at least one pro-McCain rally where they are holding up signs saying, “McCain – Not the Messiah.”
A ‘New Testament’ election — between the Messiah and the Antichrist — to see who will govern the ‘Great Satan’ — that’s a lot of religious imagery for a ‘secular’ nation like America.
And the timing is interesting, isn’t it?
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matthew 24:24)