These are the words of a black minister in the southern U.S. upon the announcement of Obama's victory. It's amazing how we can look at a situation from completely different perspectives and come to the same conclusion.
Obama had two things going for him: he's (half) African American and he's Democrat. I sat watching my television last night in dumbfounded amazement over the celebrations and couldn't help but think that so many of these people voted for him just because he's (half) black, and that millions more Americans voted for him just because he's Democrat in a time when Bush and Republicans are scape-goated for the worlds ills.
Now, don't read in to me here. The point I want to make is that Barack Obama is not seen as a person. He is an icon. He has been reduced to ideals.
Oprah said last night, "There's a wonderful Bible passage that says, ' What does it, ah, do to gain the world and lose your soul?' And I knew that in this moment in time, in my lifetime, I would have lost a piece of my soul had I not stood up for him."
That's right, folks. Obama saves souls. Jesus was in desperate need of a replacement. Now we have hope!
This shouldn't be surprising. We ought to know that those without salvation in Jesus are without hope, and that they would be eager to try to find some in a president. Actually, their hope is not in Barack Obama but in an icon called Barack Obama. And that's why Obama the person will fail their hope.
Jesus, a person. Jesus, God. God is still on the throne. Jesus is King! Let's get excited about him instead!
Rom 15:11 And again, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him."
Rom 15:12 And again Isaiah says, "The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope."
Rom 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.