Apocalyptic fears may decide 2012 presidential election.
The New York Times posted an article a few days ago by Matthew Avery Sutton called “Why the Antichrist Matters in Politics” which deserves comment. My liberal, educated, tolerant and open-minded friends and colleagues often don’t understand the need to be critical of or cynical about religion. Why not allow everyone to believe what they want? Surely they aren’t hurting anyone? The truth is that the religious right in America is a significant amount of voters, who base their political views on obscure and creative misreadings of a 2000 year old text and believe that Jesus is on his way back to end the world.
It is their job, they believe, to “occupy” the land until he returns. A large piece of the apocalyptic landscape is the figure of the Antichrist, who will be a persuasive speaker, a bringer of peace and order, and unite the world together under one government and financial system. Christians have been heralding the “end of times” since just after the death of Jesus by depicting potential politicians or world rulers as the Antichrist, who will appear just before Jesus comes back to lead an army of angels against the armies of humanity at Armageddon.
Obama is the most recent in a long line of politicians to be identified as the Antichrist. At a conference a few days ago a heckler interrupted him to shout out “The Christian God is the Only True and Living God! Jesus Christ is God! Jesus Christ is God! You are the Antichrist!”
But there are really only two possible realities – and no matter which one you believe, Obama is the right choice for 2012’s presidential election.
First, there is the possibility that Christians are wrong, Jesus is NOT coming back to end time and take up the faithful in the Rapture. Instead, humanity will have to struggle and labor to continue to survive on our limited resources, and deal with the increasing failure of our environmental and economical systems. In this case, what we emphatically need is someone who cares about making a real change, focusing on social welfare, green politics, and economic reform. What we do not need are religious fanatics in places of power which they will simply “occupy” until the coming of Jesus.
On the other hand, there is the possibility that Christians are right – Jesus IS coming back quickly to end the world. In order for the apocalypse to happen and fulfill prophecy, the Antichrist MUST rise to power, create a new world order and a refined international money system, and unite the world in peace (so that Jesus can come down and shatter all of his hard work and cast him into a pit of fire).
So, if you think we might be on earth for awhile and are not expecting a deus ex machina conclusion to humanity’s current conflicts and drama, then you need to vote Obama in 2012.
And if you do think Jesus is coming back to end the world, and that Obama is the Antichrist, then Obama’s political role and power must increase, so you also need to vote Obama!
The Times article makes the claim that “Barring the rapture, Mrs. Bachmann or Mr. Perry could well ride the apocalyptic anti-statism of conservative Christians into the Oval Office.” This is, unfortunately and ironically, very true – as Christians may make the intuitive but ultimately flawed assumption that they shouldn’t vote for the Antichrist. In fact, if either Bachmann or Perry were elected, it would very possibly thwart God’s plan for redemption, deny the fulfillment of biblical prophecy, and close the door to the Christian Rapture or Christ’s 2nd Coming.
Consequently, Obama is the Solution to the World’s Problems – either as Rejuvenator or Destroyer, and whether you’re an Ardent Christian or Passive Skeptic, the only choice for the 2012 election.