Jesus is the conquering Lamb of God; Mr. Obama is not. Those who can’t tell the difference are idolaters. (And in case you’re wondering, I made exactly the same point back on my old blogspot blog when I first saw those disgusting “Bush fish” logos. I’m an equal opportunity zealot when it comes to the first commandment.)
I’m not talking about sane, sober people who have weighed the issues and concluded that Mr. Obama would be a better president than Mr. McCain. Perhaps he will be. But that doesn’t give anyone the right to vest him with religious imagery or symbolism.
The church you can’t see is starting to become visible, and it’s making me nervous. The people who think it’s fine to conflate the President of the United States with the Son of Almighty God, or who think his likeness belongs on a votive candle, or describe him as a quasi-divine “Light worker” the likes of which the world has seldom seen are merely revealing the emptiness in their own souls.
I don’t think they’re revealing much at all about Mr. Obama’s self understanding. [Previous sentence highlighted so nobody thinks I’m making preposterous claims about Mr. Obama being the Antichrist or what have you.] I certainly hope not! I further hope our new President will quickly and unambiguously distance himself from such blasphemous and idolatrous co-opting of Christian (and other religious) symbols and language.
We voted for him to be our President, not our Messiah.