Barack Obama: The American Moses?

I was watching CNN earlier today and saw a public reaction segment on Obama’s closing out of the democratic primaries.  One women emailed something to this effect:

I told my 12 year-old son to come in and watch [Obama’s speech].  I wanted him to remember this historic day…I feel like he [Obama] is our modern day Moses who will bring this nation back to greatness.

Immediately, my mind was filled with lots of thoughts.  The first of which was, “No.”  After I had that profound thought race through my brain, I wanted to ask this lady some questions:

Does that statement assume that you believe Moses really existed?

Does that statement further assume that you believe Moses did the unbelievable things the Bible says he did (being God’s instrument to bring Israel to greatness, receiving the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai, parting the Red Sea, etc)?

Does that statement, assuming the previous two questions are true, mean that you believe the Bible is true, accurate, and reliable?

Solely based on this woman’s quote, I would say her answers would have to be Yes, Yes, and Yes.  Otherwise, why would she have said that?  She would have to say that Moses is some mystical hero, but I doubt she’d admit to that.  If her answers are Yes, then she needs to look to the Greater Moses, the one who has already brought a nation back to greatness. 

Jesus said, “For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me” (Jn. 5:46).  Moreover, Hebrews 3:3-6 says, “For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses — as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself.  (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.)  Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son.” 

God has already brought a nation of people back to greatness — namely, the spiritual nation of Israel, or those who confess Jesus as Lord and Savior.  And it had nothing to do with us.  It has everything to do with his Son, Jesus Christ, to whom is all the glory forever and ever. 

It’s sad that people are putting all their hope in a mere man who has never saved anyone from sin, death, and hell.  It’s sad that people make Barack Obama their functional savior to turn this country around.  He can’t save America.  He can’t even save himself.  Government is not the problem with America.  It doesn’t need to change.  Americans are the problem with America.  We need to change and Jesus is the only one who will ever transform us and satisfy our deepest longings.

Whether Obama or McCain is elected does not matter in the grand scheme of eternity.  If you follow Jesus, rejoice, Christian!  “Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to god acceptable worship, with reverence and awe” (Heb. 12:28). 

6 thoughts on “Barack Obama: The American Moses?

  1. I am not Anti-Gov , nor Anti-Christ.
    I am actually a service member (currently deployed) and I was also baptised when I was younger.
    But there are many things in this world that have so many un answered questions to try and link GOV to Religion on that level.
    Have you ever seen the video at
    Not to say I believe all of what is in the video, but many points made about GOV and Religion do make you stop and think really hard.
    In my own words, it explains that reality that we beleive in is a “matrix” ( almost like the movie) but created by government and other higher standing officials, just to empower there goals.

    Crossing “Moses” with “Ohbahma”? Maybe that will be in ther next testiment written after 2012


  2. I have not seen that video. I will try to watch that movie in the next week or so. Religion and politics, whether right or wrong, will always be merged. We cannot help them. We are holistic people who cannot compartmentalize our lives. Everything in our lives influences everything else. It’s always been that way and it will never change.

    No doubt thought that higher government does things to obtain thier goals–that’s why they are politicians after all. However, I don’t know if I’d go so far to say we are in a matrix. I don’t want to make it sound like life is a fantasy or a semi-reality, and that we are just cogs in a machine or something.

    My main point is simply that Jesus is the greatest reality. He said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” No one else has spoken with command, authority, compassion, and force like him. Not even Barack Obama.

    If people would look to the greatest reality, namely Jesus Christ, then gas prices, the war in Iraq, politcal scandals, and all other problems will, as the great hymn says, “grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.”


  3. You are right when you say about putting your hope in a mere man. I wonder sometimes why it is people plan and prepare to change governments and institutions, when Jesus Himself is the only one that can bring restoration and salvation to anything. If we get our centerpoint right-Jesus- all other things come too. We shouldn’t fight against government, we should bless by praying and giving guidance and leading by example. We shouldn’t fight against our neighbours if our beliefs are different, we should bless by praying and serving with generosity and genuine heart.

    I really believe that if Jesus is 100% truly our center, all other things come out of His guidance, including blessing and influencing the leaders around us.


  4. James, I feel the same way. If people would look to Jesus for strength, then life’s worries would mean a lot less. My favorite chapter in the Bible is Matthew 6, which talks about worrying. Worries are just one way the devil tries to persuade us to look away from God and depend on man.


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