The Praise to Obama video below (HT: HotAir) is eerie, for many reasons, not the least of which is how utterly lacking it is in real substance. In watching it, though, I thought of how similar it is to what we now see in the evangelical church in America - a disturbingly dangerous reliance on experience as opposed to reason. Worship, however sincere, must be based on truth. Ideas, however sincere, must be grounded in reality.
The Obamessiah video, while not approved of (apparently) by the Obama campaign, essentially displays nothing but emotion, laced with circular or non-existent reasoning. Watch the
worship chanting, for yourself.
Video: We can change the world.
Me: Yes, we can. Since when has this been in question? (note: our first priority is, typically, to change America, is it not?)
Video: I would like to see, um, a cleaner earth.
Me: Um, so would I. A couple of questions I have, are: Why?, and How?
Video: I think it's time for change.
Me: That's original (BTW, so do I).
Video: I want a better future for my children.
Me: I don't. HA! Just kidding. You know what? I want a better future for my children too!
Video: I would like our environment to be safe.
Me: Not me. HA! Just kidding again. Just for grins... let's try and find Americans that would not like our environment to be safe (or, not want a better future for their children).
Video: [various Spanish statements]
Me: Este es Los Estados Unidos.
Video: This is our America, my America, your America.
Me: If you're American.
Video: I want someone to actually make a difference in my generation.
Me: Ooh, you got me on that one ('cause I have no idea what kind of difference you're talking about).
Video: I would like to see us in a world without fear.
Me: I wouldn't. HA! Can't get away from just kidding, sorry. You know what, I thought we were talking about our America. Now it's the world? Without fear? Tell you what - I'll agree with you on this one. I, too, would like to see a world without fear - without fear of Islamo-terrorism.
Video: Basically, um, I just want the war to end.
Me: Basically, um, you gotta kill all the terrorists to have that (which takes us back up to the previous point).
Video: I would like the rest of the world to think highly of our amazing country.
Me: Now, here you've really got me, because I'm not particularly interested in what the rest of the world thinks of our amazing country (mainly because our country is, in fact, amazing regardless of what the rest of the world thinks).
Video: I think the thing that inspires me most about Obama is that he really is going to be the President of the United States... he going to be our president, he's gonna speak for us - because we put him there.
Me: Yeah, I'll agree with you on that one. BTW, it's something that first started happening with President George Washington in the late 1700s. How's that for inspiration?
Video: He stands for not just black people, but all people.
Me: So... why mention it?
Video: He's almost like a revival in a lot of people's souls.
Me: Whoa nellie! What about the separation of church and state? Where's the ACLU?
Video: Hope. Act. Change. Vote.
Me: Yes, please do.