Since I first posted on the email saying the Bible teaches Barack Obama is the anti-Christ, I’ve received a number of emails and a few comments suggesting that I am any number of unmentionable things, including a racist anti-Christ. Not once did I actually ever say I believed Sen. Obama is the anti-Christ (unless you count sarcasm), but people’s perceptions about my hidden intent made them believe I was saying just that. In fact, even after making it clear I do not believe the email, people still wrote to me claiming I did believe it “in my heart.”
So why do I keep subjecting myself to this? Aside from the humor of it (and don’t get me wrong, I find it amusing to no end), is there any reason to even bring up this crap? I mean, it seems to be doing nothing other than getting people mad. Well, I believe there is a purpose to posting on these emails, and it has everything to do with the Gospel.
First, it’s important because people actually believe this stuff. I still know some co-workers who are against Obama because he won’t put his hand over his heart when the national anthem is playing, or he was sworn into the Senate with a Koran. Even after pointing out, with proof, that it’s not true, these people still persist in believing he’s some kind of secret Muslim terrorist.
For some reason, and I really don’t know if I completely understand it, when some people get an email that confirms their suspicions, they hold onto that belief despite any and all evidence to the contrary. So, these lies need to be brought into the light and mocked. I suppose I’m contradicting myself, because I know they probably won’t change their minds, but the more absurd we can make these lies, the better.
I’m not telling people to support Obama, but if you’re going to be against him, be against him for what he actually does believe, not some lie you read in an email. And the same goes for Sen. McCain.
Second, and perhaps the most serious, pointing out this email is important because someone, in the name of Christianity, is lying. This email, and many others like it, are bald faced lies. I don’t know the author, so it could be someone pulling a prank; I’ve often thought of making up an email about a supposed threat, just to see how long it takes to get back to me. But assuming it isn’t, some person out there sat down at their computer and composed an email full of lies for the express purpose of defaming a man’s character (to say nothing of connecting it to an innocent man, Dr. John Tisdale). This is serious stuff, and if I were the one doing it, my church would probably have something to say to me about it.
Finally, I find it important to bring up this email and mock it because it advances unbiblical teachings. I have never tried to be a discernment blogger, nor do I think I’m smart enough to be one, but the crap in this email purporting to be biblical truth needs to be pointed out for what it is. I don’t know of a single respected dispensationalist who teaches what is found in this email. I know there’s a rich history of “discovering who the anti-Christ really is”, but not in serious academic circles. If this is really what is being taught in some churches, then it is a sad commentary on the state of Christianity.
So, I bring up and mock this email, not because I’m a McCain supporter (I’m not), or because I’m a racist in the KKK (I’m not and I don’t even know where they would meet or how you would sign up), nor because I am the anti-Christ myself (I don’t think someone can accept Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God and be anti-Christ) but because it’s full of crap and needs to be made fun of.