Democrats may frown on Jon Voight’s comments at the 2009 Republican Senate-House Dinner Monday night, at which he referred to President Barack Obama as a “false prophet.” But if they want to point a finger, they should start with their own Oprah Winfrey, who first introduced Barak Obama to America in 2007 as “the One”. And just this past Friday, Newsweek editor Evan Thomas referred to him as “God” on MSNBC. Several prominent figures have had their moment on the soapbox declaring Obama’s eminence, in one light or the other. As Randy Jackson often said on “American Idol”: “I’m just keeping it real.”
Some might say it’s an overreaction to be concerned about such titles. After all, President Obama is not calling himself “Jesus” or “Lord”. Furthermore, no one can threaten the sovereignty of the Almighty God. He is not threatened by Obama’s power. In fact, God has allowed Obama to come into power for this season. None of us know why, although many would claim to know. How prideful. We are to continually seek the mind of God, but to claim to know it fully is not only arrogant, it’s ignorant. Instead of trying to figure out why God allowed something, we’d be wiser to focus on how He wants us to respond.
In Matthew 24, Jesus speaks of people that will arise in the end times, people he refers to as “false prophets”, who will “mislead many”. Whether or not Obama is some sort of false prophet is not as important as the larger implication of this passage. Jesus is promising that many will be led astray, and not just by one leader, but by many leaders. He is warning his disciples then and his followers today not fall prey to poor leadership which would take them off course. Jesus presents this as fact. Many will lead many down the wrong path, which means few will take few down the right one.
On Monday, after former House Speaker Newt Gingrich inspired Republicans to regain the White House and Congress, Voight thanked many members of the media who are standing against the tide, refusing to be led astray by the biased, liberal left. He said, “Let’s give thanks to them for not giving up and staying the course to bring an end to this false prophet, Obama.” A strong statement to be sure, perhaps even hyperbole, but encouragement and praise should be offered to those who courageously attempt to lead the masses on right pathways.
Individually, we must be careful not to get caught up in negativity, pessimism, accusations, and name-calling. God does not charge us to spend our time identifying “false prophets” and criticizing them from our armchairs. He tells us to be careful who we follow, indicating he knows and expects us to be putting one foot in front of the other in some direction, preferably his.
Let’s keep to the right road and encourage each other to do the same. Let’s give praise where praise is due, and warn others where warning is warranted. But let’s not get distracted in the mire. Let’s keep moving forward, staying on the lighted path, and bring as many people with us as will be wise enough to follow.