Obama the Great?


The following news story shows that some of the Orthodox politically seem to forget the Bible:

Associated Press – March 25, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama the Great?

President Barack Obama was compared favorably to Alexander the Great on Wednesday during a White House reception honoring Greek Independence Day, with the leader of the Greek Orthodox Church in America saying the president should follow the example of the ancient military conqueror to help solve some of Greece’s problems.

“I will tell Michelle that I’ve been compared to Alexander the Great,” the president told 200 guests, many of them Greek-Americans from Obama’s hometown of Chicago. “I will see whether that gets me a little more respect at home. At home she knows she’s still the boss.”

Obama said many of the Founding Fathers were students of Greek history and turned to ancient texts for guidance. He said it was a cruel irony that the Greeks tested democracy but then faced a struggle to achieve their own independence 188 years ago.

Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, dressed in his black traditional headdress and robe, also noted the strong ties of freedom and democracy the two countries share. He said he prays every day for the president, and hopes that Obama will follow the “brilliant example of Alexander the Great” in helping Greece “cut the Gordian knot” of unresolved issues — a reference to a legend involving Alexander and a difficult problem solved by bold action.http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gvY_81mGyI7elSV2Fq4ZSMzRU6kwD975C6VO0

Alexander the Great was an ego-driven warrior who conquered lands and peoples in southern Europe, the Middle East, northern Africa, and all the way to northwestern India.  Alexander cut the “Gordian knot” to motivate troops to follow him.

In all due respect to the Archbishop, if he would look a bit more into the history of early Christianity, he would realize that his church has changed its position from being opposed to its members in military conflict to one of encouraging them to do so.

I would comment, however, that President Obama, in a sense like Alexander, has been fairly bold in his new job.

So bold that President Obama apparently will hasten the day when the creditors will rise up against the USA.   But, accumulating debt and engaging in policies that encourage abortions, in my opinion, should not be categorized as brilliant.  The Archbishop may also wish to read those passages in the Bible that warn against those type of actions.

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