Peregrinatio has a nice piece here about how last night’s acceptance speech by Obama really matters, and not just to him. He writes,
I am sitting, holding back tears, wrestling with so many emotions, knowing that this moment of all the moments in my life – matters.
This moment matters because it is yet one more offer for conversion, for repentance, for a radical shift in direction. It may take years, even decades to see this moment through, but it just took 45 short years to go from “I Have A Dream” to the nomination of an African American candidate for president.
Given that this election really matters, and not just to citizens of the United States, it is comforting to know that Barack Obama is NOT, repeat NOT, the antichrist of Revelation. We are reassured on this point by the wisdom and insight of the authors of the Left Behind blockbusters Tim LeHaye and Jerry Jenkins. For the statement see here. Furthermore those of us from overseas can watch this election with less anxiety since Jenkins is also sure that the antichrist will not emerge from American politics. His mate LeHaye reassures us that free association with American friends is risk free, saying,
“I can see by the language he uses why people think he could be the antichrist, but from my reading of scripture, he doesn’t meet the criteria. There is no indication in the Bible that the antichrist will be an American.”
Phew! And there was me getting all worried. (thanks to Brother Maynard for the heads up)
To wind up this post with something more uplifting, Tim also links to the live version of ‘Yes We Can’, which I think is brilliant. Can you imagine Brian Cowan or Gordon Brown ever delivering anything like this?