I’m always struck by the irony of Christians saying atheists focus only on themselves. Christians think of themselves as unselfish. Just the opposite is true. Focus on self is part of the faith.
I read an interview with some mega church pastor who said Obama, right now, is paving the way for the return of the antiChrist. He thinks this is a watershed moment for the morals, not just of the U.S., but the entire globe. Jesus preached to people at that time he and all of them were living at the end times. Jesus thought his few square miles was the entire globe. Jesus and the mega church preacher are two self-inflated people.
Leaving aside the ego it takes to believe there is a god, ruler of the universe, who knows my thoughts, there is ego also in thinking the particular moment in time I live in is the turning point of all history.
Jesus thought his time was the most important. Every generation has thought the same thing. It makes humans feel important if they think they are living in a more important time than the other hundreds of thousands of years. “How can I be just a moment lost to the sands of time. The future moral values of human kind rests on those of us alive today.”
Neither of the two big politial issues of our day, gay marriage nor Obamacare, are really moral issues. They are things that just that came along.
Neither will be looked back on as watershed changes in values.