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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).