Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in southern California and author of “The Purpose-Driven Life,” said that attempts to deify Barack Obama are “blasphemy,” Todd Starnes reported at Fox News on Wednesday.
Warren was especially concerned over recent remarks made by Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx during Sunday’s airing of the annual Soul Train awards. Foxx opened the show by declaring Obama to be “lord and savior” to cheering fans.
“It’s like church over here. It’s like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our lord and savior Barack Obama. Barack Obama,” he said.
“That sent shivers up my spine,” Warren said. “There’s a word for that – it’s called blasphemy. It’s wrong.”
Warren told Starnes that the deification of any person — not just Barack Obama — is wrong.
“That’s called creating an idol,” he said. “Idolatry is forbidden by the first two commandments of the Ten Commandments.”
Many have attempted to deify Obama or portray him as something other than mortal ever since he appeared on the national stage.
In 2009, a Danish editorial said that “Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus.”
This week, for example, a painting portraying Obama as a crucified Christ is on display at the Bunker Hill Community College Arts Gallery in Boston, Mass.
Artist Michael D’Antuono says the painting is not intended to compare Obama to Christ, but that is a hard sell for many, given the president’s pose and the crown of thorns placed on his head.
Warren said that those who put their faith in Obama “are going to be severely disappointed.”
“Think about all the promises that were made four years ago,” he said. “None of them were fulfilled.”
But that didn’t seem to matter earlier this month when Obama was re-elected.
“Any human leader – conservative or liberal – is going to disappoint you at some point,” Warren added. “You’ve got to put your hope in things that never change.”
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