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Is Obama Greater than Jesus?
It might be helpful to pose some questions to the Danish editorialist who believes this to be true.

Prominent Danish newspaper Politiken ran an unsigned editorial December 28, 2009, lauding Barack Hussein Obama as being greater than Jesus Christ.

It’s tempting to think the piece was written tongue in cheek…

The basis of this astounding deification of one who we thought was a mere mortal like ourselves was apparently the passage through the Senate of Obama’s health care bill. The article does admit that Jesus miracles were significant, but after all they “benefited only a few” . . . leaving us with the unspoken conclusion that the medical coverage of 30 million Americans was a greater miracle. Furthermore, while the parables of Jesus were wonderful, the editorialist concludes that, “it is impossible to give an unequivocal result of His work.”

The writer has certainly shown he has guts in denigrating the founder of a world religion that has well over a billion adherents. On the other hand, perhaps he should be praised, not for courage, but for his intelligence in attacking Jesus as opposed to some other religious figure. For in today’s world no one is killed or has fatwah’s pronounced against them when they in some way attack the founder of Christianity. But, just days ago, Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who had published cartoons of Mohammed, narrowly survived an attempt on his life by a man wielding an axe and a knife who had broken into his home.

It’s tempting to think the piece was written tongue in cheek, but a close read indicates the writer was deadly serious. He leaves no doubt that if a comparison were to be made between Obama and Jesus that, “it would of course, inevitably be to Obama’s advantage.” Near the end of the provocative piece he triumphantly affirms, “Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus....”

Now why does this have a familiar ring? Oh yes, now I remember. It was on March 4, 1966 that John Lennon stated in an interview in London that, “We’re more popular than Jesus.” Oh, I know, I know that in the ensuing controversy there was much backtracking, claims of being misunderstood, and further claims of being taken out of context, etc. Still, even putting the best face on it, the Lennon comment was hubris on steroids. Astonishingly, however, the Danish editorialist surpasses Lennon’s comment with his own bizarre claim that Obama is actually greater than Jesus Christ.

I’m well aware that it’s not Obama himself who is making these silly claims about himself. And if it were brought to his attention I’m sure he would affirm that such exalted honour is far above his pay grade.

I confess my first reaction to the piece was mild amusement, coupled with deep surprise that any journalist could be so arrogant. Now let there be no misunderstanding, as a Christ follower I have no ill will toward this writer in any way, and certainly have no wish to harm him. But it might be helpful to contrast the relative importance of Obama versus Jesus by addressing a series of questions to the Danish editorialist.

Where, dear sir, was the “Obama-god” hiding himself when from all eternity Christ was enjoying fellowship in the Godhead with the Father and Holy Spirit?

Where, I wonder, was your “Obama-god” when Christ, as Creator, threw billions of galaxies into the ebony sky as he fashioned the cosmos by words alone?

Where, I wonder, was “Obama-god” when Father, Christ and Holy Spirit had deep discourse together crafting the plan so that men and women trapped in the darkness of sin might be rescued from eternal ruin?

Where, I wonder, was this “god” when Christ’s body was ripped and pierced, His lifeblood freely flowing to the ground, dying miserably, a death He did not deserve—so that guilty men and women might be made guiltless; fitted to enter heaven?

As deity—for anyone greater than Christ must be deity—I wonder if your presidential deity feels a tiny bit inferior to this Christ who rose from the dead, ascended to the Father, and now rules over all the Earth?

And, finally, I wonder, I truly wonder if your “Obama-god” will find himself a trifle overwhelmed when he finds himself in the awkward position of kneeling before Christ when this Judge of all the world comes at last, to perfectly right all wrongs, and reward all those who know Him and love Him?

Just wondering, that’s all.

Royal Hamel is a former pastor and missionary. At present he is the director of Light the Darkness Ministries, He can be reached at

Originally published in the Guelph Mercury, January 9, 2010.

Used with permission. Copyright © 2010  

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