Acts 4:12 (NIV)
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
In just a few weeks, Barack Obama will leave the Executive Mansion. He entered the residence (and the office) promising the American people an era of positive change. He called it “hope.”
Trust me. Place your hope in me.
Trust me; you can hope for a better economy – it is worse. Most of the subtle gains have been the result of boosting the market by borrowing from the future.
Trust me; you can hope for a reduction in our debt – it is worse. No president as caused the debt growth at a faster rate.
Trust me; you can hope for a superior health care reform – it is a financial mess and is destined to collapse in on itself.
Trust me; you can hope for a better job market – it is worse. Less people are working in full-time secure jobs than in decades.
Trust me; you can hope for a unified country – it is worse. He has fanned the flames resulting in a country divided against itself.
Trust me; you can hope for an end of wars and terror – it is worse. With no foreign policy hundreds of soldiers continued to die in Afghanistan and other war theaters, while without opposition, ISIS grew from a quiet terror group to a worldwide force of terror.
Trust me; you can hope for a cleaned up Washington – it is worse. Even those in the ultra-liberal media are referring to Washington politics as the “swamp.”
He promised us hope. And gave us despair, division, and anger. His “hope” was “hype.”
ASIDE: I feel like I should give some positive response for the sake of the man. He is a great orator – more so than even Kennedy. He brought a sense of fun and playfulness to the White House – more so than even Reagan.
Why do we put so much hope in a man?
Now we have a new president soon to enter the Executive Mansion. The “silent” majority have a sense of renewed hope for the future. A vocal minority feel all hope is lost.
Perhaps our biggest concern should be this tendency to place our hope in a person instead of God.
Since “hope” was the word of note, I am reminded of the famous hymn penned by Edward Mote in 1834:
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus name
On Christ the Solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand.
Perhaps the presidency of Barack Obama should stand as a stark reminder to us where hope should really be placed.