A New Lord And Savior?
On November 8, 2012 at the BET Soul Train Awards, comedian and actor Jamie Foxx, an ardent Obama supporter, said, “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.”
These words were widely applauded by the audience. Jamie Foxx has not apologized for his blasphemous statement, nor has the President distanced himself in any way from the deity-like praise.
I am reminded of when the people of Tyre and Sidon gathered before king Herod and gave him praise in a blasphemous way. “So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them. And the people kept shouting, ‘The voice of a god and not of a man!’ Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died” (Acts 12:21-23).
Then consider the response of Paul and Barnabas when the people of Lystra began to honor and worship them as gods when they healed a crippled man (Acts 14:8-13). “But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard this, they tore their clothes and ran in among the multitude, crying out and saying, ‘Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them’” (Acts 14:14-15).
The Bible tells us that there is but “one Lord” (Eph. 4:5), and that is Jesus. “As also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body” (Eph. 5:23). Jesus “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). And no one comes to the Father except through Him! And as Peter declared in Acts 4:12, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
No matter how great we may think a man may be, no man is worthy of our worship (Acts 10:25-26). It is blasphemy to honor a man as if he were a god (Col. 3:8). And it is blasphemous for any man to receive such praise! Let us honor, praise, worship and obey the only Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ, the Son of God! (Heb. 5:8-9)