Rick Warren, one of the nation’s most prominent pastors, told Fox News he is extremely concerned about recent attempts in the media to deify President Obama. He was especially disturbed comments made by comedian Jamie Foxx who called the president “our Lord and Savior.”
“That sent shivers up my spine,” said Warren. “There’s a word for that – it’s called blasphemy. It’s wrong.”
Warren is pastor of Saddleback Church in southern California. He’s also the author of an expanded edition of “The Purpose Driven Life – What on Earth Am I Here For?”
Instances of the president being portrayed as a Christ-like figure have increased since the Democratic National Convention – where unauthorized street vendors sold Obama prayer garments and posters that proclaimed him to be “prophecy fulfilled.”
A painting of the president portrayed as the Crucified Christ is on exhibit at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston. The artwork shows Obama with outstretched arms – a crown of thorns on his head.
But one of the more egregious instances of deification came during last week’s Soul Train Awards.
“It’s like church over here,” Foxx told the audience. “First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior Barack Obama.”
Warren, the pastor of Saddleback Church in southern California, said the deification of any individual is simply wrong.
“That’s called creating an idol,” he said. “Idolatry is forbidden by the first two commandments of the Ten Commandments.
He said individuals who do put their faith in President Obama “are going to be severely disappointed.”
“Think about all the promises that were made four years ago,” Warren said. “None of them were fulfilled.”
Those people are going to be severely disappointed.
If you put your hope in an individual – think about all the promises that were made four years ago. None of them were fulfilled.
He said that President Obama promised to unite the nation – and would bring about hope and change.
“It’s more divided now than it’s ever been,” Warren said. “That’s disappointing.”
“Any human leader – conservative or liberal – is going to disappoint you at some point,” he added. “You’ve got to put your hope in things that never change.”