Having been raised as a Christian, I was taught early that the Anti-Christ was someone who came in the name of Christ, but did the opposite. Using that definition, let us examine the proposition that George W. Bush could be the anti-Christ. If Jesus Christ was in Bush’s place and he was the president of the United States, would he have taken any of the actions that Bush has taken, including the unwarranted and immoral attack against another sovereign nation? In other words, is Bush following the teachings of Christ? “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” Matthew 7:20.
Christ taught us to love one another, especially our enemies (Matthew 5:43-46). Christ said that even the pagans love those who are like themselves, but the true mark of love is to love those that are different from you. Christ taught us to turn the other cheek and to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Did Bush turn the other cheek when he falsely proclaimed Iraq as a threat? Do you think Bush loves his enemies? Do you think he even loves his friends, since he openly attacks those friends that disagree? Do you think Bush loves Osama Bin Laden or Saddam Hussein? If he is a follower of Christ, then he must love them. Have you ever seen love in Bush’s eyes? Have you ever heard Bush talk about loving one’s neighbor? Does he treat the inmates at Guantanamo or the prisoners of Iraq like he would want to be treated? Do you think Christ would say “You are either for us or against us?” Have Bush’s actions caused there to be more or less love in the world?
The war on Iraq was undertaken, apparently because God whispered in Bush’s ear that war was the only way to solve the problem. I hate to tell Bush this, but God doesn’t whisper those kinds of things in people’s ears. That is the job of the devil! Jesus would never condone a war, as his whole message was to use love to solve our problems, not violence. War is always a failure of civilization. Bush has set back the civilization of planet Earth. Anyone who wages war in the name of Christ is committing the ultimate Christian sin.
Bush makes a big show of being against abortion in order to advance his political career. His public claim is that abortion is immoral. Yet his actions have resulted in the deaths of thousands of people, most of whom were innocent of any “crime.” And apparently, Bush himself was once involved in an abortion by a former girlfriend. By his actions, Bush has now caused the release of thousands of tons of depleted uranium in Iraq, which will cause birth defects for generations to come. Isn’t that just as immoral as an abortion? And by the shear number of atrocities, isn’t Bush the hypocritical champion of human rights?
The Bible says not to lie and Christ reinforced that message since lying destroys the very fabric of our civilization. The best I can tell, Bush has told more lies than anyone in the history of our presidency. How can that be Christian? Bush said that he would unite us, yet the country and the world have never been more divided. Other lies have been told about uranium, weapons of mass destruction, the connection between Iraq and 911, the economy, the ecology and just about every science report issued during Bush’s administration. Is it possible for one to lie in the name of Christ?
Many questions persist. Would Christ have asked that the votes not be counted in Florida? Would Christ send Powell to lie before the UN? Would Christ make campaign ads that continually distort the position of his opponent, just to win an election? Would Christ curse and use the name of God in vain in the White House? Would Christ alienate the rest of the world by unilateral action and my-stick-is-bigger-than-your-stick international politics? Would Christ try to strip Americans of their basic human rights, such as access to an attorney and the right to be presented with formal charges for any alleged violations of national or international law? Would Christ tell the veterans that he loves them and then cut their benefits? Would Jesus have done any of these actions? Christ no!
In summary, Bush pretends to come in the name of Jesus Christ and misses no opportunity to exploit Christ for his own personal political advantage. But in every case, Bush has done the opposite of what Christ taught us to do. This is how Bush has led America and this is the example he has set for “his” people. The people that support Bush’s war in the name of Christ surely share in his sins and Bush’s sins are magnified by the number of people he has misled in the name of Christ. In many ways, Bush, with his fundamental Christian attitude, is no different than the fundamental Muslims. All kill in the name of God and I suspect God would like to have His name kept out of it entirely.
Is it possible that Bush is the anti-Christ? His anti-Christ like actions makes one wonder.
Los Alamos, New Mexico