Entertainer Jamie Foxx adopted a well-worn tune Sunday night, proclaiming President Barack Obama “our lord and savior” during a televised music awards ceremony. Whether or not Foxx’s comment was meant seriously, he is only the most recent of a whole string of popular figures to express similar adulations for the president. Many of these comments, sadly, were entirely serious, including First Lady Michelle Obama’s remark to supporters in April, “This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light.”
President Obama himself has not sought to quiet these praises. Rather, he has encouraged this pervasive messianic aura for his own benefit. As Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Director and Senior Fellow of Concerned Women for America’s Beverly LaHaye Institute, noted in the days leading up to the recent election, “Since in 2012 Mr. Obama cannot run on his record, he is justifying his most controversial decisions and programs by invoking his faith and twisting Biblical references toward his ends,” a tactic he has employed ever since his original campaign in 2008.
Basic human nature pushes every person to put their trust in something higher than themselves. While this urge is meant to drive us toward God — to put our faith in Jesus Christ — we all too often decide to trust in causes, material possessions, or other people instead. President Obama and his campaign have tapped into this instinct very effectively, especially targeting selected demographics with their message, including women, young people, and minorities.
But trusting in anyone or anything except for the real Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is bound to disappoint. As we read in Psalm 146:3, “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When this breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.” When President Obama leaves office, he is bound to leave at least some promises unmet, goals unaccomplished, and supporters disillusioned.
In contrast, the Lord God is “a sure foundation” (Isaiah 28:16) for every Christian. None of His promises will ever prove untrue; He will accomplish everything He has set out to do, and no one who puts their faith in Him will ever be underwhelmed.
As Christians, we must ensure that our family, friends, and neighbors hear and understand the hope of the Gospel. Only then can we break the cycle in American politics of constantly electing and putting our trust in the newest and most dazzling leaders, who tell us they can save our country but are destined to eventually fall short. Simply put, we need to introduce those around us to our perfect Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Who we know will never disappoint.