My daughter and I had a rather intense textersation last night (text + conversation = textersation)
It went something like this:
"Hey mom, do you believe Obama could be the antichrist? I saw stuff about it online" (ahh...the internet - THE place to go when you want to get your facts straight)
"ROFL no, that was a McCain commercial, and one in very bad taste" (really, I was surprised that McCain would actually make a commercial comparing Obama to Jesus and Moses - really tacky and my opinion of him went down about 40 points)
"Really? well, isn't the world going to end in 2012 or something?" (ahh...the REAL reason for this textersation - if the world ends in 2012, Meg won't get the "complete" college experience, because she'll be whisked up to heaven in her junior year..)
"Honey, the bible says in Matthew 24, that NO one knows when the end of the world is going to happen, only GOD"
"Well, why don't you think he ISN'T the antichrist?" (by this time, I knew she was getting fed the questions by her best friend she was visiting - if I was a betting person, I'd be making a wager about now LOL)
"Well, he's a Christian, and seems humble and honest."
"Isn't he of middle eastern descent? And who says the antichrist won't be a christian?" (Ok...I had to laugh here, then get a bit exasperated - just look at the word "ANTI"christ.)
"The bible doesn't say where the antichrist will be born. (look it up) And the antichrist is the antithesis of Christ. He will preach AGAINST God, and do everything that a Christian would not" (Ok, I may be going out on a limb here...because a christian led astray by satan certainly could start to blaspheme God, but I am gonna make that educated guess)
"Hon, read your bible. Ephesians tells us to put on ALL our spiritual armor, one piece being the belt of truth, because if u know the truth, u have no fear. U also have power, which helps when ppl tell you crazy stuff like this"
After I had this textersation with my daughter, It impressed on me the importance of reading your bible. I would not have been able to reassure her, or answer her questions with any authority, if I had rarely opened that book. It also made me angry at all the untruths floating around in cyberspace...Where do these people get these ideas?? There are actually people who are Christian that believe this crazy thing about the world ending in 2012, and Obama being the antichrist! CHRISTIANS!!!
No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father --- Matthew 24:36
The sad thing is, so many people walking around worrying about this, and worse, spreading lies to other people that do not know the truth...
In truth there is love, goodness, peace...not hysteria, chaos, and disorder.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free --- John 8:32
I love that verse - because it WILL set you free - if you know the truth, you don't worry about when the world is going to end, because you know that NO one knows except God...you don't worry about the antichrist, because you know you'll be one of the ones that isn't here...You don't worry about anything (or at least in my case, try not to!) because God is in control and has everything covered...and THAT is freedom!
I also texted my daughter with some scripture to read...
Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell --- Psalm 40:11