Barack Obama as Messiah

I can’t tell if this website is for Obama or against him. I suspect the latter. But it does chronicle all of the fascinating ways that Barack Obama is being thought of in religious terms, as, literally, a Messiah. Read, for an example of the apotheosis [use that word in conversation too!] of Obama, the piece in the California newspaper that presents him as one in a long series of “LightWorkers.”

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    I’m not sure Obama doesn’t believe it himself. If he actually believes anything other than in his own powerful persona.
    He’s already drawn circles around the things we’re not allowed to discuss about him, from his ears to his sweet wife. Hence: The Unspeakable Things. And the press willingly–faithfully–obliges, and leaves those things behind the veil.
    But, it WAS he who said when he clinched the nomination: ‘…I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when…the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal…’
    That’s more than just high-minded rhetoric. That’s downright hubris.
    Yes, I think Obama is much more than a political figure to many people. I think he’s been assigned a power beyond politics, and, if he’s not deified, he’s at least the high priest of a new, inevitable political religion (for people who have no real god). The press, and a ton of intellectuals, are the attendant priesthood, who guard him as they would guard The Word Itself. They are more than ‘in the tank’ for him; they’re in the Temple.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    I’m not sure Obama doesn’t believe it himself. If he actually believes anything other than in his own powerful persona.
    He’s already drawn circles around the things we’re not allowed to discuss about him, from his ears to his sweet wife. Hence: The Unspeakable Things. And the press willingly–faithfully–obliges, and leaves those things behind the veil.
    But, it WAS he who said when he clinched the nomination: ‘…I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when…the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal…’
    That’s more than just high-minded rhetoric. That’s downright hubris.
    Yes, I think Obama is much more than a political figure to many people. I think he’s been assigned a power beyond politics, and, if he’s not deified, he’s at least the high priest of a new, inevitable political religion (for people who have no real god). The press, and a ton of intellectuals, are the attendant priesthood, who guard him as they would guard The Word Itself. They are more than ‘in the tank’ for him; they’re in the Temple.

  • Matthew

    I wonder if the 40 plus million unborn children slaughtered in the last 35 years due to the views of men like Barack Obama would consider him to be a ‘LightWorker.’

  • Matthew

    I wonder if the 40 plus million unborn children slaughtered in the last 35 years due to the views of men like Barack Obama would consider him to be a ‘LightWorker.’

  • Susan aka organshoes

    Really, Matthew.
    Of course, his own daughters, whom he desires to spare being ‘punished with a baby’ (are we allowed to mention his daughters?), may continue to praise his name.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    Really, Matthew.
    Of course, his own daughters, whom he desires to spare being ‘punished with a baby’ (are we allowed to mention his daughters?), may continue to praise his name.

  • Matthew

    I guarentee, Susan, that you will not be permitted to mention his daughters. Only he is allowed to exploit his family for political purposes.

  • Matthew

    I guarentee, Susan, that you will not be permitted to mention his daughters. Only he is allowed to exploit his family for political purposes.

  • Sam

    I’m not sure who really wants to discuss Obama’s ears, but we must admit that he doesn’t hide them from us with earmuffs or long hair. He wears them each day for all of us to see, ponder, and judge.
    But I agree that he seems indifferent to that voting bloc that judges a candidate by his willingness to entertain questions about his ears – and not just from the otolaryngologists among us. Face it; the man’s an elitist.
    Yet to such voters I say, “Look beyond a man’s ears; in fact, look into his ears to see what he’s got inside his head. But never look behind a man’s ears- he may have forgotten to wash.”
    Where’s McCain on this issue, by the way?

  • Sam

    I’m not sure who really wants to discuss Obama’s ears, but we must admit that he doesn’t hide them from us with earmuffs or long hair. He wears them each day for all of us to see, ponder, and judge.
    But I agree that he seems indifferent to that voting bloc that judges a candidate by his willingness to entertain questions about his ears – and not just from the otolaryngologists among us. Face it; the man’s an elitist.
    Yet to such voters I say, “Look beyond a man’s ears; in fact, look into his ears to see what he’s got inside his head. But never look behind a man’s ears- he may have forgotten to wash.”
    Where’s McCain on this issue, by the way?

  • Susan aka organshoes

    The ears comment stems from very early in his campaign, when columnist Maureen Dowd commented on his ears. He in turn told her he was very sensitive about his ears, to which she replied she was only trying to toughen him up.
    You can’t even make this stuff up.
    By the way, where’s McCain on what issue?

  • Susan aka organshoes

    The ears comment stems from very early in his campaign, when columnist Maureen Dowd commented on his ears. He in turn told her he was very sensitive about his ears, to which she replied she was only trying to toughen him up.
    You can’t even make this stuff up.
    By the way, where’s McCain on what issue?

  • Sam

    Susan, I was asking if McCain thinks Obama’s ears should be off limits. And if so, would that rule out public comments about McCain’s comb-over?
    But whatever we may choose to say about Obama’s ears, the following story shows that this wiley lad wasn’t above using them to humorous advantage in last month’s South Dakota primary.
    What’s with this guy?

    —————————-
    By TOM RAUM, Associated Press Writer
    Sat May 31, 3:56 AM ET

    MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. – Democrat Barack Obama paid an unscheduled late-night visit to Mount Rushmore Friday, visiting the national memorial at closing time and joking that his ears were too big to ever be included in such a display.

    Two days after rival Hillary Rodham Clinton made a campaign stop here, Obama joined a group of reporters and staff members for an after-dark sightseeing visit to the national memorial, where the faces of four presidents are carved into the mountain. South Dakota and Montana hold their primary elections on Tuesday, the final ones in the nation, and Obama was campaigning in both states.

    Asked by a reporter if he ever envisioned himself carved into the mountain, he said, “I don’t think my ears would fit. There’s only so much rock up there.”

    On her visit, Clinton also batted away reporters’ questions about whether she or her husband, former President Clinton, might one day be immortalized there. “Why don’t you learn something about the monument?” Clinton said.

    Obama said it was his first visit to the landmark.

    He did express curiosity about the filming of a chase scene in “North by Northwest,” Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 classic starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint that included a death-defying scramble over Rushmore’s presidential faces.

    “How did they get up there in the first place?” he asked ranger Wesley Jensen.

    “They didn’t. It was a movie set,” Jensen told him.

    “Pretty spiffy, isn’t it,” said the Illinois senator, summing up his overall impressions.
    ——————

  • Sam

    Susan, I was asking if McCain thinks Obama’s ears should be off limits. And if so, would that rule out public comments about McCain’s comb-over?
    But whatever we may choose to say about Obama’s ears, the following story shows that this wiley lad wasn’t above using them to humorous advantage in last month’s South Dakota primary.
    What’s with this guy?

    —————————-
    By TOM RAUM, Associated Press Writer
    Sat May 31, 3:56 AM ET

    MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. – Democrat Barack Obama paid an unscheduled late-night visit to Mount Rushmore Friday, visiting the national memorial at closing time and joking that his ears were too big to ever be included in such a display.

    Two days after rival Hillary Rodham Clinton made a campaign stop here, Obama joined a group of reporters and staff members for an after-dark sightseeing visit to the national memorial, where the faces of four presidents are carved into the mountain. South Dakota and Montana hold their primary elections on Tuesday, the final ones in the nation, and Obama was campaigning in both states.

    Asked by a reporter if he ever envisioned himself carved into the mountain, he said, “I don’t think my ears would fit. There’s only so much rock up there.”

    On her visit, Clinton also batted away reporters’ questions about whether she or her husband, former President Clinton, might one day be immortalized there. “Why don’t you learn something about the monument?” Clinton said.

    Obama said it was his first visit to the landmark.

    He did express curiosity about the filming of a chase scene in “North by Northwest,” Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 classic starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint that included a death-defying scramble over Rushmore’s presidential faces.

    “How did they get up there in the first place?” he asked ranger Wesley Jensen.

    “They didn’t. It was a movie set,” Jensen told him.

    “Pretty spiffy, isn’t it,” said the Illinois senator, summing up his overall impressions.
    ——————

  • Don S

    “And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, ‘It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.’ And, immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory; and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. But the word of God grew and multiplied”. Acts 12: 21-24 KJV

  • Don S

    “And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, ‘It is the voice of a god, and not of a man.’ And, immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory; and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. But the word of God grew and multiplied”. Acts 12: 21-24 KJV

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Let’s see if I know how to use one of the words of the day in a sentence here: “Obama is a politician that at least one person here think syzygies us wannabe.” Is that right? ;)

    As for “apotheosis”, I am always reminded of the quote that declared Beethoven’s seventh symphony as the “apotheosis of the dance”.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Let’s see if I know how to use one of the words of the day in a sentence here: “Obama is a politician that at least one person here think syzygies us wannabe.” Is that right? ;)

    As for “apotheosis”, I am always reminded of the quote that declared Beethoven’s seventh symphony as the “apotheosis of the dance”.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    I’m syzygie with that.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    I’m syzygie with that.

  • Bruce

    Obama may be deemed by the press “messianic” now, but if elected, the fourth estate will turn on him. It does not take disappointment in stride. And the Clinton machine, I suspect, will be chipping away at him in deviously underhanded ways. I do not think history is going to look any more favorably on an Obama admin than it does on the Carter admin. And the stakes are much higher, it seems to me.

  • Bruce

    Obama may be deemed by the press “messianic” now, but if elected, the fourth estate will turn on him. It does not take disappointment in stride. And the Clinton machine, I suspect, will be chipping away at him in deviously underhanded ways. I do not think history is going to look any more favorably on an Obama admin than it does on the Carter admin. And the stakes are much higher, it seems to me.

  • Don S

    I don’t think the press will turn on Obama. They never turned on Clinton, even with all of the legal and ethical issues he and his administration raised, they only reported what the new Internet media dragged them into reporting. The Clintons only lost their sheen when the next new thing (Obama) came along.

    As for the Clinton machine, I think it will chip at him during the general election campaign, because they really don’t want him elected, so that the door is open for Hillary again in 4 years. However, once he’s elected (God forbid), the calculation changes, as he will most likely run for a second term, regardless of whether the Clintons chip away or not. So they will probably back off and go make more speeches.

  • Don S

    I don’t think the press will turn on Obama. They never turned on Clinton, even with all of the legal and ethical issues he and his administration raised, they only reported what the new Internet media dragged them into reporting. The Clintons only lost their sheen when the next new thing (Obama) came along.

    As for the Clinton machine, I think it will chip at him during the general election campaign, because they really don’t want him elected, so that the door is open for Hillary again in 4 years. However, once he’s elected (God forbid), the calculation changes, as he will most likely run for a second term, regardless of whether the Clintons chip away or not. So they will probably back off and go make more speeches.

  • Sam

    Though a Lutheran myself, I must say that Lutherans make the worse political commentators. We’re much too insular, white, afraid of new things, and, sadly, proud of it.

  • Sam

    Though a Lutheran myself, I must say that Lutherans make the worse political commentators. We’re much too insular, white, afraid of new things, and, sadly, proud of it.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer TK

    Maybe so, Sam, but I think there is a value in discussing our opinions together in this virtual marketplace of ideas. Here we can evaluate others’ opinions and learn from each other. Your criticism is valid and is worth consideration, as is all opinion. I think it is a cop-out, though, to accuse Lutherans of being too “white”. Has any of us here accused Rev. Wright’s followers of being too “black”? I don’t think it entered anyone’s mind. I think that any culture has its own tendencies to be too much of whatever it is, afraid of new things and insulated – that describes most humans on earth. We definitely should encourage each other to learn more about our brothers and sisters. You’ve accused us of being proud. I have no idea how you’ve come to that conclusion, though it is probably based on someone’s comments. You should direct your comment to the person(s) who you feel made proud comments. The older one gets, though, the less likely you are to accuse others of sin without knowing them and being pretty sure of it. Join in the discussion! You are welcome here and we don’t normally condemn each other, in my experience.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer TK

    Maybe so, Sam, but I think there is a value in discussing our opinions together in this virtual marketplace of ideas. Here we can evaluate others’ opinions and learn from each other. Your criticism is valid and is worth consideration, as is all opinion. I think it is a cop-out, though, to accuse Lutherans of being too “white”. Has any of us here accused Rev. Wright’s followers of being too “black”? I don’t think it entered anyone’s mind. I think that any culture has its own tendencies to be too much of whatever it is, afraid of new things and insulated – that describes most humans on earth. We definitely should encourage each other to learn more about our brothers and sisters. You’ve accused us of being proud. I have no idea how you’ve come to that conclusion, though it is probably based on someone’s comments. You should direct your comment to the person(s) who you feel made proud comments. The older one gets, though, the less likely you are to accuse others of sin without knowing them and being pretty sure of it. Join in the discussion! You are welcome here and we don’t normally condemn each other, in my experience.

  • http://www.christianimagination.com Seth

    Obama’s campaign does seem Messianic in tone at times, as the one promising hope and change to the masses. What’s scary, though, is that so many people will see him as a Messiah to save the country from George W. Bush and the Conservatives. Honestly, though, during the last election, many Christians seemed to be promoting George W. Bush almost as if he is Christ himself, as if he was the answer and could do no wrong.

    The irony to me is that so many people in this country don’t like authority and people telling them what to do, but when the Presedential election comes around, they will promote a candidate to rule over them as if the fate of the world itself rests on this single vote. A very important political office, no doubt, but we, as individuals, have 4 years between votes to do a number of things to change this world we live in, rather than placing all our hope in a person elected as president.

  • http://www.christianimagination.com Seth

    Obama’s campaign does seem Messianic in tone at times, as the one promising hope and change to the masses. What’s scary, though, is that so many people will see him as a Messiah to save the country from George W. Bush and the Conservatives. Honestly, though, during the last election, many Christians seemed to be promoting George W. Bush almost as if he is Christ himself, as if he was the answer and could do no wrong.

    The irony to me is that so many people in this country don’t like authority and people telling them what to do, but when the Presedential election comes around, they will promote a candidate to rule over them as if the fate of the world itself rests on this single vote. A very important political office, no doubt, but we, as individuals, have 4 years between votes to do a number of things to change this world we live in, rather than placing all our hope in a person elected as president.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    Seth wrote:
    ‘…so many people in this country don’t like authority and people telling them what to do, but when the Presidential election comes around, they will promote a candidate to rule over them as if the fate of the world itself rests on this single vote.’
    That is just too true. That was very well said.
    Makes one wonder what hopes we put off onto our politicians, that we don’t act upon for ourselves.
    Then, think of how quickly we turn on them; particularly on a President.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    Seth wrote:
    ‘…so many people in this country don’t like authority and people telling them what to do, but when the Presidential election comes around, they will promote a candidate to rule over them as if the fate of the world itself rests on this single vote.’
    That is just too true. That was very well said.
    Makes one wonder what hopes we put off onto our politicians, that we don’t act upon for ourselves.
    Then, think of how quickly we turn on them; particularly on a President.


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