Is the new McCain ad suggesting Obama is the Antichrist?

It sounds absurd, but consider this:

Some evangelical leaders are hinting at exactly that, as the HuffPo points out:

… several blogs have noted a growing number of conservative evangelicals alleging that Obama is the anti-Christ, or at least a precursor to that end-of-days figure. For example, Hal Lindsay, a prominent evangelical writer, charged in a recent WorldNetDaily article:
Obama’s world tour provided a foretaste of the reception he can expect to receive.

He will probably also stand in some European capital, addressing the people of the world and telling them that he is the one that they have been waiting for. And he can expect as wildly enthusiastic a greeting as Obama got in Berlin.

The Bible calls that leader the Antichrist. And it seems apparent that the world is now ready to make his acquaintance.

Much of the fear mongering about Barack has been directed at Jews: prominent neocons and assorted right wingers, including Charles Krauthammer and Ben Stein, openly compared Obama’s Berlin speech and proposed Denver acceptance speech to the rantings of Adolph Hitler, implying that he is, if not the Antichrist himself, and evil prophet of doom for the Jewish people. But the push to scare evangelical Christians about Barack has been well under way for some time. It appears the McCain squad simply picked up on it.

Winger blogs routinely refer to Obama as the “Obamessiah,” a derision designed to imply that his supporters (and the media) are being mesmerized by a kind of modern day political cult (which should sound familiar to Bush II loyalists, who literally worshipped the current president after 9/11…) but one which some evangelical extremists might take very seriously. Take this sample of letters to The American Spectator, for example, entitled “The Good News According to Barack”:

… As for these evangelicals who’re falling for Obama, they need to reexamine whether they really have a genuine relationship with Jesus the Christ. Maybe they, like Obama, are not what they say they are?

For them to even entertain supporting him, they have to turn their backs on Jesus. That means, among other things, joining Obama’s lies to then support things such as infanticide, homosexual marriage and, generally, his character flaw of lying as he does.

As for Rick Warren’s actions?

Someday he’ll have to answer to the Highest Power as to why, given the visibility and influence he has been granted, he will have given his apparent imprimatur to one of such character as Obama — and, thus, influenced others to do the same.

Also, he’ll have to answer for how, whether intentional or not, he has given Obama and his devotees reasons to condemn and ridicule Christians who have the discernment, courage and love of Christ Jesus and what He represents to see the falsity of what Obama and Warren are doing — and to say so.

For Warren and Obama, I pray that they realize, sooner than later, that there are consequences far graver and eternally life-changing than losing an election or having your face on television and in the news.

I pray that they — and those Christians, Catholic or Protestant, who now allow themselves to be deceived by Obama — come to their senses and realign their lives with the real Messiah in whom they all profess to believe.
– C. Kenna Amos
Princeton, West Virginia

(The reference to Warren was about his invitation to Obama to speak at his church. He has also invited John McCain)

Again, this from a cadre of evangelicals who literally worshipped President Bush, and taught their children to do the same:

This as we come to the end of the presidency of a man who said out loud that God chose him to be president, and that God told him to invade Iraq. This from evangelical nuts who believe that Bush’s wars in the Middle East will bring on the Armageddon. Now they’ve turned that argument completely on its head, begging the question: if the idolatrous worship of George W. Bush was proper, than mustn’t the supposed worship of Barack Obama be the worship of the Antichrist?

From Beliefnet’s Mara Vanderslice, co-founder of the Matthew 25 Network, a Christian group that supports Obama:

I don’t know about you- but I found this McCain campaign ad “The One” to be one of the most offensive ads we have seen in American politics to date.

At best, this ad implies that those who plan to support Senator Obama are looking for a new savior or a replacement Messiah. But many are reading it even more darkly as an attempt to portray Obama as an anti-Christ figure.

A vote for Senator Obama is a vote for the man we think will make the best President, not for a new Messiah. As Christians, we have one Lord And Savior. Jesus Christ. It is blasphemous to suggest otherwise.

And it is beyond offensive to suggest that Senator Obama is a false Messiah or the anti-Christ himself. How low can we go? It shows the McCain campaign is willing to make a mockery of our faith to feed people’s fears. Christians need to reject this out of hand….
Beliefnet is starting an email campaign calling on McCain to pull the ad.

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