All Because Thousands Are Thinking It Doesn't Make It True
Commentary by Daniel T. Zanoza
I am a Christian. That means I believe Jesus Christ lived, was crucified, died and was resurrected to atone for my sins. I believe Christ came for all mankind and an individual has the right to reject Christ or to embrace Him. I believe God uses Holy Scripture to communicate with mankind. And, again, all of us have free will to accept these writings as being from God or merely say they are words on a page in a simple book.
I will not deny my faith. I don't care if individuals like Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune call Christians "mentally challenged." I don't care if some politicians deny their faith either, no matter whether they be Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal. But any individual who runs away from their faith--no matter whether he or she be Jew or Christian, Islamic or Hindu--does not have my respect and if they were a politician, I would not support that individual for any elected office.
Some of you might be wondering where I'm going with this piece. A short time ago, I wrote a column titled, "Obama The Antichrist? Hmm." http://rffm.typepad.com/republicans_for_fair_medi/2008/02/obama-the-antic.html Literally thousands of people have read that commentary. By far more people have read this one column than probably anything I have written, at least in this short period of time.
I wrote about Sen. Obama and the antichrist in one column because of a number of reasons. However, I was NOT calling Obama the antichrist or the "Beast" or Satan. In fact, I went back and reread the piece just to make certain what I wrote was what I meant to say--and it was.
Unfortunately, some people, but not all, misunderstood my point. I found there are those who believed Mr. Obama was the antichrist long before my essay. I have also learned many Christians are coming to this conclusion on their own. For example, after I wrote the commentary, I found on the Yahoo search engine alone, there were more than two and one half million results on the search terms Obama and antichrist. Therefore, I did not start this speculation. Something happened that triggered this thinking in the minds of millions of Americans.
Anyone who believes Barack Obama is the antichrist at this time is wrong. There are not enough signs for Christians to believe this and I also feel it is inappropriate and sinful to say such things about another individual, unless we know it is true. Someone said something very poignant to me the other day. They said, "imagine how hurtful it would be if someone was calling you the antichrist and it wasn't true." Jesus said, "Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you."
However, there was a reason I wrote the column and there was a reason the antichrist came into my mind along with the name Barack Obama. To begin, it wasn't Obama's fault, at least to my knowledge. There are some supporters of the Illinois Senator who are referring to him in spiritual terms. CNSNews.com posted a piece titled, "Obama's Support Steeped in Messianic Terminology." The column addressed how some Barack Obama supporters are talking about the junior senator from Illinois as if he were a deity. Some have referred to him as a "savior." Even CNN's Glenn Beck speculated on the issue.
The point of my column was when overzealous advocates for a public figure start using such terminology, there will be a reaction. In my commentary, I also described what to look for in the antichrist, including who he will be, what kind of impact he will have on the world and how practically all of mankind will be deceived by him.
There is another factor which I must admit entered my mind. I could not and do not understand the hysteria surrounding Obama when he has done virtually nothing legislatively and politically to earn such unwavering support. But I did not say Barack Obama was the antichrist.
Those who are making this connection are not always doing so for political or spiritual reasons. There are actually individuals who are afraid the End Times are coming. Therefore, this speculation is not being done by overzealous Christians alone. It is a phenomenon, just as real as Obama's popularity. The only reference I have to use regarding the antichrist is Scripture. Indeed, many Christians believe the Rapture will take place before the antichrist is identified. And then there are Christians who do not believe in the Rapture at all. Yet there is one thing that is certain. The signs are not there that point to anyone as the antichrist at this time. And the Bible clearly states beware of those who say, "here it is or there it is" because Jesus Himself did not know when the last days were coming. Plus, there is this most important fact: If the antichrist were here it would mean Jesus Christ would not be far behind.
I do not regret writing the column. I do regret that some have interpreted my words as they were not intended.
Today we live in a time when words can often be misconstrued or intentionally misunderstood. There are those with personal, societal or political agendas who often take remarks or writings out of context. Former vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro is the latest victim of this "correct speak" when she said Obama would not be in the position he was in if he were not a black man. Ferraro, who has a history of being tolerant almost to a fault has been pilloried by those who intentionally interpreted her words in a way in which they were not meant. Ferraro has ended any official affiliation with the Hillary Clinton campaign, but her situation only proves a point.
Words do have meaning and there will be those who will be fast to assign their own agenda to the written or stated word. Such was the case with my column about Barack Obama and the antichrist.
Is the antichrist here? I don't know. Is the antichrist any individual? I certainly don't know that either. The only thing I'm sure of is that we will know him when the time comes.
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