What concerns me most is that they were chanting “Alpha, Omega” when they entered the room.  Folks there is one “Alpha and Omega” and it isn’t Senator Barack Obama, (Revelation 1:8).

 

When the young men were chanting… “Because of Obama…” and then they listed what they aspired to be I can understand.  I’m sure Obama’s rise has inspired many young African-American men to achieve their dreams.  That I think is a good thing.  His nomination is historic, and having him as a role model for achievement (not necessarily beliefs/policies) is positive.

What concerns me is the seeming elevation to godlike status.  Barack Obama is not the Messiah.  He will not “save” our nation.  Politicians disappoint.  Political parties disappoint.  They are not who we should put our hope in.  Hope can be found in Jesus alone.

Video HT: Matt Reisetter

Update: A Kansas City, MO middle school teacher was suspended for this video.

8 comments
  1. I am usually pretty suspicious of these kinds of “unofficial” YouTube videos.. wonder if the makers of video are pro-Obama or pro-McCain? I’d be more concerned if someone really knew the answer to that question. Apart from that the motives of the video producers are pretty much unknown.

  2. I am usually pretty suspicious of these kinds of “unofficial” YouTube videos.. wonder if the makers of video are pro-Obama or pro-McCain? I’d be more concerned if someone really knew the answer to that question. Apart from that the motives of the video producers are pretty much unknown.

  3. “Barack Obama is not the Messiah. He will not “save” our nation. Politicians disappoint. Political parties disappoint” (Shane)

    We can say this same thing about the Republican candidates also – they will not ‘save’ the nation and will disappoint. Why is it Obama gets picked out? Obama is a role model – but also a candidate for actual change – 8 more years of that gov’t – I am not sure America would be the world’s leading super-power (Hello China!).

    You are aware the world is about to go into recession – due to the policies of the American gov’t – correct? Even Britian and France are laying blame on the irresponsibility of the American economy for bank collapses on the more larger – world scene. This happened under a Republican gov’t – that kind of overlooked the economy and was sleeping with business.

    How can anyone support such policies? What happens in America just doesn’t effect your country alone – it is effecting many places. I cannot find a good reason for the support of the Republicans – they seem very irresponsible to me – and for all their talk – nothing good amounts from it. We see 2 wars – meaningless death left and right – along with a recession that might cost many people their homes (including me if the economy cannot be stabilized).

    I think I have a right to be concerned what happens in America – why do you support the Reps again?

  4. “Barack Obama is not the Messiah. He will not “save” our nation. Politicians disappoint. Political parties disappoint” (Shane)

    We can say this same thing about the Republican candidates also – they will not ‘save’ the nation and will disappoint. Why is it Obama gets picked out? Obama is a role model – but also a candidate for actual change – 8 more years of that gov’t – I am not sure America would be the world’s leading super-power (Hello China!).

    You are aware the world is about to go into recession – due to the policies of the American gov’t – correct? Even Britian and France are laying blame on the irresponsibility of the American economy for bank collapses on the more larger – world scene. This happened under a Republican gov’t – that kind of overlooked the economy and was sleeping with business.

    How can anyone support such policies? What happens in America just doesn’t effect your country alone – it is effecting many places. I cannot find a good reason for the support of the Republicans – they seem very irresponsible to me – and for all their talk – nothing good amounts from it. We see 2 wars – meaningless death left and right – along with a recession that might cost many people their homes (including me if the economy cannot be stabilized).

    I think I have a right to be concerned what happens in America – why do you support the Reps again?

  5. @Kansas Bob – fair enough

    @Society – yes you can – that is why I said politicians and political parties disappoint, I didn’t specify a particular party. I pick on Obama, because there is a pattern among some of his supporters – the “fainting women” the slogan “hope”, “Yes, we can”, the Obama’s children’s choir, etc. I haven’t seen McCain stuff out there like that.

    Hey Society – there is blame to go around for that – bankers, government, and borrowers. Don’t think for a second that this started under the Bush administration. The foundation for this was laid back during Carter’s administration and built upon in the Clinton years.

    I don’t support increase in spending, earmarking, the encouragement of giving people subprime loans, lack of regulation, etc. If you think that was just a GOP problem then you are getting your news from a biased media source. Both parties are to blame with that. Democrats have led Congress for the last two years and nothing has changed and spending has increased.

    I don’t support Republicans when they are corrupt, ask for pork barrel spending, and are not good stewards of taxpayer money.

    Democrats have been equally bad, and they want to raise taxes as well.

    Right now I’m disgusted with Congress period regardless of party. I wish we had term limits for them.

  6. @Kansas Bob – fair enough

    @Society – yes you can – that is why I said politicians and political parties disappoint, I didn’t specify a particular party. I pick on Obama, because there is a pattern among some of his supporters – the “fainting women” the slogan “hope”, “Yes, we can”, the Obama’s children’s choir, etc. I haven’t seen McCain stuff out there like that.

    Hey Society – there is blame to go around for that – bankers, government, and borrowers. Don’t think for a second that this started under the Bush administration. The foundation for this was laid back during Carter’s administration and built upon in the Clinton years.

    I don’t support increase in spending, earmarking, the encouragement of giving people subprime loans, lack of regulation, etc. If you think that was just a GOP problem then you are getting your news from a biased media source. Both parties are to blame with that. Democrats have led Congress for the last two years and nothing has changed and spending has increased.

    I don’t support Republicans when they are corrupt, ask for pork barrel spending, and are not good stewards of taxpayer money.

    Democrats have been equally bad, and they want to raise taxes as well.

    Right now I’m disgusted with Congress period regardless of party. I wish we had term limits for them.

  7. In all fairness, let’s look at the other side, with various folks in the GOP and conservative camps fawning over Sarah Palin with barely disguised (or undisguised) lust.

    The fact is, we have two people in these two pairs of contenders who are very appealing to certain segments of society and very media-friendly in that regard (i.e. the media can get splashy stories covering them).

    To be honest, spending as much time as I do in the African-American blogosphere, I can say that the messiah complex thing is most likely a small trend, just as the “we lust after Palin” contingent is a minority. Most black people are proud of Obama but not expecting miracles from him. In fact, many are quite skeptical of how many of his goals he’ll be able to achieve.

    Which, frankly, can be said of any candidate most election cycles…

  8. In all fairness, let’s look at the other side, with various folks in the GOP and conservative camps fawning over Sarah Palin with barely disguised (or undisguised) lust.

    The fact is, we have two people in these two pairs of contenders who are very appealing to certain segments of society and very media-friendly in that regard (i.e. the media can get splashy stories covering them).

    To be honest, spending as much time as I do in the African-American blogosphere, I can say that the messiah complex thing is most likely a small trend, just as the “we lust after Palin” contingent is a minority. Most black people are proud of Obama but not expecting miracles from him. In fact, many are quite skeptical of how many of his goals he’ll be able to achieve.

    Which, frankly, can be said of any candidate most election cycles…

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