- January 17, 2014
- By Bob Allen / Associated Baptist Press
ARLINGTON (ABP)—An African-American Southern Baptist preacher believes the election of President Obama may have been foretold in Scripture.
Dwight McKissic, pastor of the 3,000-member Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, wrote in a blog celebrating the Martin Luther King holiday he believes the prominence of African-American leaders like Obama, King, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Fred Luter, the first black president of the Southern Baptist Convention, are no accident.
“My thesis is: A study of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament regarding Noah’s sons and their descendants will indicate that the children of Ham would experience political and spiritual empowerment and renewal before the coming of the Lord within a Judeo-Christian context,” wrote McKissic, a former trustee at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
“Are we in the midst of witnessing, ‘Princes coming out of Egypt, and the Ethiopian stretching out their hand to God?’” he asked, quoting Psalm 68:31. “Could President Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Pastor Fred Luter, Justice Clarence Thomas, Ms. Condoleezza Rice, Lecrae and Kofi Annan be partially fulfilling this verse (to name just a few)?”
McKissic recalled receiving an email from a white Southern Baptist pastor after the election of Barack Obama suggesting that if white Southerners had known what was coming they would “have picked their own … cotton.”
Picking presidents instead of cotton
“Africans were brought to the United States to pick cotton, not to pick presidents, and certainly not to be elected president,” McKissic said. “If the slave masters realized that Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Richard Allen, Ralph Abernathy, Martin Luther King and many of the men and women who voted for Sen. Obama were in those slave ships, the ships would not have been allowed to leave the docks of West Africa.”
McKissic noted he agrees with the late radio Bible preacher J. Vernon McGee’s reading of Genesis 10’s genealogies of Noah’s three sons as foretelling the development of the races of mankind in history.
McGee believed the world’s first great civilization, coming out of Africa, represented descendants of Noah’s son Ham. That lasted until the time of Abraham, introduced in Genesis 11 in the lineage of Shem, followed by the ascendancy of Western civilization under way during Jesus’ lifetime.
“Apparently, we are currently in the period in which the white man has come to the front,” McKissic quoted from McGee’s Thru the Bible commentary on Genesis, published by Thomas Nelson in 1981.
Incapable of ruling this world
“It seems to me that all three are demonstrating that regardless of whether they are a son of Ham or a son of Shem or a son of Japheth, they are incapable of ruling this world.”
McKissic insisted he began reflecting on McGee’s theory when it appeared possible that then-Sen. Obama could be elected president in 2008.
“Understanding that the sons of Ham ruled 2,000 years, the sons of Shem ruled 2,000 years and for the past 2,000 years the sons of Japheth were ruling, it triggered the question in my mind, what would happen at the end of 2,000 years of European/Japhetic Rule?” McKissic wrote. “I thought of only two possibilities: (1) The return of Jesus; or (2) The return of a son of Ham to political leadership.”
President Obama “is undeniably a son of Ham, or Africa” McKissic said. He recalled one gathering of an African-American Baptist convention years ago where the keynote speaker opened his address with the words, “The sons of Ham have gathered.”
Obama's election 'astounding' to many
Many find the idea of a direct African descendant being elected president of the United States “staggering and astounding to many,” McKissic noted.
“Many of us disagree vehemently with his abortion and same-sex marriage policies, but we must admit he was God’s sovereign choice for this position,” he said. “He certainly provides poetic justice for America’s racist past.”
“Many Americans of all colors and political persuasions thought that they would never live to see the day that the son or daughter of Africa would become president of the United States of America,” McKissic said. “I was no different.”
However, he added, he kept in mind Psalm 68:31.
“In this obscure verse, God was showing David something,” McKissic said. “I’m not saying this with certainty, but it appears that David was saying that descendants of Africa would have a political impact beyond Africa. David said Princes shall ‘come out of’ Egypt or Africa. Africa would be their roots, but their ‘shoots’ would be elsewhere.”
“Perhaps this is the reason that Barack Obama’s dad is not from Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas or Tennessee,” McKissic speculated. “Who would have ever thought that America would have a president named with a Hebrew and African name: Barack Obama?”
“President Obama’s name and his dad are directly out of Kenya,” he said. “Kenya is just below Egypt, and at one time Egypt engulfed that whole area. Princes, political leaders, kings, nobles and dignitaries will emanate from, or come directly out of Africa. They will have a political impact according to the psalmist.”
McKissic noted Martin Luther King said in an interview in 1960 that he believed America could have a black president in 40 years.
“He missed it by eight years,” McKissic said. “If Dr. King could see it, I believe the Hebrew writer of Psalms could also see it.”