Jamie Foxx (Eric Marlon Bishop) declared that President Obama is “Our Lord and Savior.” He may have been joking, but for a lot of people it’s no joke. They view the President as the Bread King, the source of their daily needs, their political savior.
Jesus fed thousands with a few loaves of bread and some fish (Matt. 15:32–39; Mark 8:1–9; Matt. 14:13–21; Mark 6:31–44; Luke 9:10–17; John 6:5–15). Governments have been trying to duplicate this miracle by turning digits into wealth and paper into money. It’s the satanic temptation of turning “stones into bread” (Matt. 4:3; Luke 4:3). It’s an old and disastrous story. Empires have been toppled by such arrogance. Herbert Schlossberg writes:
“[W]hen we regard the state as the source of physical provision we render to it the obeisance of idolatry. The crowds who had fed on the multiplied loaves and fishes were ready to receive Christ as their ruler, not because of who he was but because of the provision. John Howard Yoder has rightly interpreted that scene: ‘The distribution of bread moved the crowd to acclaim Jesus as the new Moses, the provider, the Welfare King whom they had been waiting for.’”
Every act of government today is a divine initiative. The philosophy of Georg F. W. Hegel (1770-1831), followed by Marxists, Fascists, Nazis, and the modern State in America “expresses the argument with chilling consistency: ‘The Universal is to be found in the State. . . . The State is the Divine Idea as it exists on earth. . . . We must therefore worship the State as the manifestation of the Divine on earth. . . . [T]he State is the march of God through the world.’”
After compiling these statements from Hegel’s works, Karl Popper comments that Hegel’s views mandate the “absolute moral authority of the state, which overrules all personal morality, all conscience.”1
Long before today’s claimants to divinity, Roman emperors elevated themselves to the status of gods. Gaius (A.D. 37–41) spoke openly about being a god. “By the time of Domitian (A.D. 81–96), it had become common to address him as Dominus et Deus, ‘my Lord and God.’”2 Like Jamie Foxx, the people at the time of the Caesars proclaimed their rules to be gods. Think of Herod Agrippa I (10 BC–44 AD), who, according to the Jewish/Roman historian Josephus, was known in his time as “Agrippa the Great”:
“Now [Herod] was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; and with one accord they came to him, and having won over Blastus the king’s chamberlain, they were asking for peace, because their country was fed by the king’s country. On an appointed day Herod, having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the rostrum and began delivering an address to them. The people kept crying out, ‘The voice of a god and not of a man!’ And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and died” (Acts 12:20–23).
The people declared Herod to be a god because he fed them.
The people of Germany saw Adolf Hitler as their savior. “Heil Hitler” means “Hail Hitler,” reminiscent of “Hail Caesar.” Maybe you’ve seen the video where the children sing the following:
“Adolf Hitler is our savior, our hero. He is the noblest being in the whole wide world. For Hitler, we live. For Hitler, we die. Our Hitler is our Lord. Who rules a Brave New World.”
While the conditions in Germany after World War I were worse than what they are in America today, some of the same dynamics are present. Economic conditions were bankrupting the country, and Hitler blamed others for the bad economy, namely, the Jews. Today, it’s conservatives who are being blamed. How often did we hear President Obama and the Democrats place all the blame on George Bush and conservative economic policies for the nation’s fiscal troubles? It’s been the incessant drumbeat of the Left for four years.
Hitler offered a way out, and the German people declared him to be their savior.
The voters spoke on election-day, and the truth of their vote is coming out. They are finally saying what they couldn’t say then: President Obama is their savior.