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Barack Obama as Lord and Savior

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A painting in a college art gallery that depicts President Barack Obama as Jesus Christ.

Actor and musician Jamie Foxx recently made a shocking statement. At the Soul Train Awards Show 2012 he gave thanks to God and then went on to thank “Our Lord and Savior, Barack Obama”. After recovering my ability to breathe, I pondered this statement and came away with an obvious conclusion. Our society is not only going over the Economic Cliff; we have already succumbed to the Moral Cliff. A few generations ago this type of statement would have caused zealous moral outrage. No, I take that back. A few generations ago this statement would not have been made at all – because the citizens of former times would not have thought of a mere mortal in such a way. Right?

Actually history shows otherwise. There have been many emperors and rulers in ancient times who claimed godly characteristics for themselves. In early Egyptian times Pharaoh was seen as a deity by the citizenry and the coins minted during the reign of Roman emperor, Nero, claimed him to be the ‘Savior of the world’.  At the time that the book of Revelation was most likely written, Emperor Domitian was addressed as Dominus et Deus noster, meaning ‘Our Lord and God’. Since only the Triune God is divine and Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior of the world, such titles are glaringly sacrilegious. Despite such blasphemy, however, the faithful people of God have continued to recognize Him and His sole kingship.

It’s apparent that these sacrilegious trends have been with us throughout history. Just as our first parents lost their bearings in paradise in an effort to attain godly status, we can see that a long line of our forbearers have struggled similarly. Now it appears to be our turn. Somehow our moral compass has been skewed and south is where north used to be. Sure, it hasn’t happened to everyone but the pendulum has definitely swung wildly left. Is it hopeless then? Are we to conclude that that’s just the way of the world and go blindly on our way – all the while shaking our heads at those heathens?

Not for the people of God. The cause of the eclipse of moral reasoning is not lack of opportunity or direction. After all, the Church, in all of her wisdom as well as Holy Scripture, has been a steadfast guide – freely available to us. Catastrophic decisions have been made because temptation accompanies Free Will. We have the option of choosing right or wrong and yet, too often, sinful choices appear more attractive. What we need to realize, then, is that the solution to the problem begins within: within our hearts, within our families, within our churches, and within our communities. Each and every one of us has an important role to play but we can’t begin to become effective until we look to our own failings.

Some things are more important than others

Once we begin to recognize the significance of our priorities, we will begin to be an effective part of the Army of God. Only He reigns supreme and there is no one above Him. No matter how many false gods are thrust upon us by society our faith in the One True God will remain unshaken. When we see a leader give himself godly attributes we will clearly see truth and will live and serve accordingly.  We will see the intrinsic value of others – spouse, children, friends, and humanity as a whole. Only after we have satisfied the greatest commandment will we concern ourselves with self. It’s imperative to have our priorities straight if we are to be successful and worthy people of God.

It takes the entire team

As the Church Militant we are also not here simply to ‘go along to get along’. The part we play in the whole scheme of things is vital – not just for our salvation but the salvation of many. We are blessed to have the Church Triumphant and the Church Suffering as our allies. While they fervently pray and intercede, we are the foot soldiers leading others (and ourselves) onto the righteous path. While we must be aware of these worldly distractions to successfully fight the modern day demons, we should choose our weapons wisely. Without the proper tools – tactical (catechesis), direction (conscience), and strength (sacraments) we will not be able to face the formidable enemy (Satan).

In the end, each of us will be responsible for our own soul. Eternity will depend on what we did to make way for the true Lord – Jesus the Christ. Did we arm ourselves with catechesis, prayer, just acts, charity, and true concern for His Kingdom? Did we sacramentally fortify our souls with Penance and Eucharist? Did we act in charity? Only when we recognize the importance of not just the destination, but also the journey, will we come to know the true joy of eternal life. We are responsible for our own souls but in keeping with Christ’s second greatest commandment we must also love our neighbor as ourselves and to provide guidance by example. Only then will the compass right itself and the path to heaven become apparent.

What is your battle plan? Do you have wisdom to share? We’d love to know your thoughts. After all, we’re all in this together!

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Jamie Foxx Calls Obama ‘Our Lord And Savior’ During Soul Train Awards 2012 Show

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About BirgitJ

Birgit is a 50-something cradle Catholic who is passionate about the pro-life movement. She enthusiastically serves on the Diocesan Gospel of Life Committee where she chairs pro-life events and writes pro-life articles. Birgit has been married to her Catholic convert husband, Rick, for 37 years. They have four children and seven grandchildren (all age eight and under). Their frequent visits eliminate any fear of an empty nest! Her vibrant Catholic faith colors every aspect of her life. She also sings in the church choir with her husband and daughter. Other interests include politics, as they relate to ‘Life’, and Church liturgy as well as photography, cooking, and gardening. She can also be found on her personal blog, Designs by Birgit.

  • Gina Nakagawa - I was fully prepared to be appalled by the picture of BO as “Lord and Savior.” Instead what I saw disgusted me, true, but more that it portrayed the President of the United States as a venal, self-indulgent, self-promoting actor coming out to take a bow after a cheap performance. The “crown of thorns” is a joke, a bad joke, but a joke nonetheless. What is more troubling is the pardoning of the official turkey in which he not only makes the sign of the cross, but uses his left hand. That is very troubling. What to do? Well, pray mightily for God’s mercy upon us of course, and engage in calm conversations with those who need conversion to the true Lord and Savior. Become politically aware. Contact your representatives and congressmen. Remind them who employs them. Be courteous, but plain spoken and firm. For us in this age of PC garbage that will be a very tall order. God have mercy on us and God bless His Holy Bride, and God bless the United States of America.

    One note, in the very silly painting, BO wears a *red* tie. I find that quite interesting.November 28, 2012 – 12:35 pmReplyCancel

  • Carey - This is not what concerns me. The idea that a good number of people equate Barack Obama to Jesus is nothing new. That ideology has existed since his original campaign in 2008. The concern that I have is that he is elevated to a higher status in many people’s mind. The same First Amendment rights that protect those who hate Jesus, hate Christianity, and those who defile religious objects are not upheld when the same is done to Obama’s image. The same people who protect artists who defile the cross are in an uproar when someone does the same to a picture of Obama. I am not saying one should do that, it is pretty classless, but it is very concerning when we live in a world where you can submerge a Crucifix in a container of real urine, and the public will fund that as art, but outrage is expressed if someone does the same to a statue of Obama.November 28, 2012 – 12:58 pmReplyCancel

  • Judy Ortmeier - I was shocked to see the picture of BO on your pinterest page that I follow. So I had to read what was said, and I have to agree we are in a terrible state of moral decay. I am appalled at the apparent “good Christian people” that are following BO. Are they really that blind to him or don’t they know? Are they ignoring the things that are happening especially if it doesn’t “affect them”. I see members of my extended family and truly wonder what on earth are they thinking and how they could believe in BO and think of him as so great. And heaven forbid if you try to explain why we disagree with them concerning them, right away we are pegged as bigots! We don’t like him or we disagree with him because he is black. It seems the race card is played every time. Sometimes I find it hard to stay calm, and when that happens I have to walk away and pray until I am calm enough to continue. That is the only thing we can do is pray always for Gods Will not ours. God Bless you all.November 28, 2012 – 3:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Kellie - ” it is very concerning when we live in a world where you can submerge a Crucifix in a container of real urine, and the public will fund that as art, but outrage is expressed if someone does the same to a statue of Obama.”

    Carey, this resonated with me so much.

    When I saw the Jamie Foxx video, I got very sick to my stomach. There was also a statement from Jessica Alba saying that we should pledge our allegiance to Barack Obama and not the United States (under God).

    To my knowledge, in all of United States history there has never been a president thought of as a God, until now.

    When he was re-elected, I have to say that my heart dropped into my stomach. I felt then and still feel now, that we as a nation are headed in a downward spiral.

    As another commenter mentioned up above, I can’t believe that people don’t see it. I can’t believe people don’t see what’s happening. 🙁November 28, 2012 – 3:40 pmReplyCancel

  • Micha Elyi -

    A few generations ago this statement would not have been made at all…

    Actually history shows otherwise. There have been many emperors and rulers in ancient times who claimed godly characteristics for themselves.

    BirgitJ

    Wow. Your family is amazingly gifted with lives far longer than three-score and ten if “ancient times” seem but “a few generations ago” to you.

    Got any recent, say, 20th century examples of gone-gaga adulators hailing their pop culture icon or political leader as “lord and savior”? I’m sure der Fuehrer was so addressed but mentioning him is considered ‘icky’ in polite PC company. Castro and Hugo Chavez come to mind as possibilities. Mussolini too, and there is a striking resemblance to him in Obama’s iconic pose.

    P.S. I see a clue to Obama’s popularity among women.

    P.P.S. Have any black preachers thundered from their pulpits to warn their flocks against Jamie Foxx’s public paganism? (Just wondering.)November 28, 2012 – 4:59 pmReplyCancel

  • Justin Wilson - Great article. Society seems to have given up on god and decided not to have faith. It makes it a hard raise your children in these times.November 28, 2012 – 5:40 pmReplyCancel

  • BirgitJ - Micha, actually you seem to be misreading the lines you are quoting.

    1) They are from two different paragraphs and not bound together in some sort of a timeline.

    2) The provided link to rulers who were thought of as deities clearly shows several current examples among the dozens of names. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_who_have_been_considered_deities

    3) My reason for listing the most commonly known examples was to illustrate how far back the deification of leaders goes in history. After all, this post was not intended to be a historical treatise on ancient history.

    If you have sources to provide I’d be interested in seeing Hitler calling himself a god, although he certainly did portray a role of someone playing god. I certainly didn’t omit him due to some misguided political correctness.

    As for your postscript(s), I’m not sure how to respond. This piece is much more about our need to prioritize our loyalties in an effort to attain eternal life with our God and Creator, than it is about Obama himself and those who seem to worship him. To properly do that we need to begin with ourselves and then strive to live an exemplary life.November 28, 2012 – 6:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Norman Fulkerson - Dear Birgit,
    A friend of mine from Owensboro KY (Kelly Hedges) told me about your website and wonderful articles. Had to jump on a take a look and am glad I did. I had heard about this statement in relation to Obama and was equally horrified.

    I am also a writer of sorts and published my first book on a great Catholic Marine named Col. John Ripley. If you are ever interested I would be more than glad to send you a copy.

    May our Lady continue to bless your efforts,

    In Jesus and Mary,
    NormanNovember 30, 2012 – 4:01 pmReplyCancel

  • BirgitJ - Thank you for the kind words, Norman. I hope you’ll bookmark our site and regularly read what these 50+ wonderful Catholic women have to share. I’d love to read your book. You can find me on Facebook or through Kelly if you would like to get in touch. Blessings!November 30, 2012 – 4:13 pmReplyCancel

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