There was an ad on the telly this morning for Jack Van Impe, an evangelical preacher who has been around for decades. In the ad, he asserts that biblical prophecy essentially points to President Barack Obama as the Antichrist, intent on reaching fame through a peace plan for the Middle East. The President fits the bill because, according to Mr. Van Impe, both Lebanon and Syria have said that he would make a great mediator.
That’s quite a leap of faith, if you don’t mind a bad pun. Unfortunately it is precisely the sort of talk which gets his kind dismissed as serious theologians, let alone purveyors of Christian truth. Indeed it serves little purpose save to get honest, better thinking Christians and conservatives dismissed as kooks.
We do not need that. It cannot help our cause and will not positively effect this fall’s elections. Our best hope is simply that no one takes him seriously. It is good that shows such as his are at hours of the day when many cannot see them.