Archive for August 8th, 2008

I was buried in a writing project when the CNN special Black in America first aired a couple weeks back, so I missed writing about it then. I caught it in bits and pieces. If anyone out there has comments or reviews they’d like to share here, please do. Related to that special, CNN.com has an interesting story up called “Why Americans Prefer Their Sundays Segregated.” Among others, the article quotes Christian reconciliation leaders Michael Emerson (co-author of Divided by Faith) and Curtiss DeYoung (who, along with Emerson and others, co-authored United by Faith). The piece examines race relations in the church from the first century to the present day, and offers some good stuff to chew on, as we continue to grapple with the reality of racial division in the church.

Also, on a totally unrelated note, the ABC News site has a touching and powerful interview with singer Steven Curtis Chapman and his family who are still dealing with the accidental death of Steven’s little daughter Maria Sue back in May. When I worked for Today’s Christian magazine, we featured the Chapman family on our cover one year and did other stories on them as well, so it was particularly difficult to learn of Maria’s loss. But from watching this Good Morning America interview with the Chapmans, it’s clear that they are walking through this tragedy with their faith intact.

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Looks like I’m on a Barack Obama kick again. Sorry about that, but I couldn’t resist posting about this latest curiosity that came to my attention today when I received a press release from the Christian Newswire. It’s about one of the current campaign ads from John McCain. I hadn’t seen it yet, but the press release prompted me to look it up on YouTube. The ad, called “The One,” portrays Obama as something akin to the Second Coming—but the sarcasm is obvious. And the ultimate, implicit message is that Obama is a false messiah. In fact, the ad bears an eerie resemblance to something you’d find in the Left Behind books. You can check it out here or by viewing above.

Anyway, in the press release Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, authors of the Left Behind series, attempt to distance themselves from this notion that Obama is “The One.” It’s actually fascinating, and a little weird, to hear Tim LaHaye explaining, in all seriousness, why Obama cannot be the antichrist:

“I can see by the language he uses why people think he could be the antichrist,” adds LaHaye, “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.”

Of course, some would argue that Obama is not a real American, which means he could still be in the running for that antichrist title.

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