As weary as I am of all things Obama, it was gratifying this week to see some evidence that more minds are awakening to the reality that this “emperor” has no clothes.
After five years purveying his so-called “Hope,” we should be asking ourselves, “What DO we, in fact, hope for? And what exactly was it that President Promises was dangling in front of us?
Was it trillions of dollars of new debt? Double-digit unemployment? Escalating tensions throughout the Middle East? A disastrous attempt to takeover the healthcare industry? There is plenty of change happening…but is it what we hoped for?
Sarah Palin has been criticized–with the harshest possible vitriol–for comparing our country’s mind-boggling national debt to a future of slavery for our children. Perhaps Martin Bashir does honestly find it offensive to compare a financial burden to the historic and often horrific physical reality of slavery. And perhaps it is an unfair comparison.
After all, during times of slavery, there were frequently people close at hand who were kind to slaves, who helped better their lives with education, and who assisted them in escaping to a land where they could begin again.
In the future our selfish, short-sighted, lazy generation is creating, where will our children turn for relief? Will there be any options for getting out from under the burdens we are knowingly laying on them? Are we not creating a world in which our children will need to anesthetize themselves with whatever “soma” the government cooks up, so that they can pretend that life is good? Is the next generation going to become a hive of self-deceived drones furnishing food for their parasitic masters à la The Matrix?
The fact is that we allow ourselves to be duped when we forget one basic fact: our “hopes” are not supposed to be centered on this earthly life. The more we long for “security” and “stability” in this world, the more we must resign our freedom: to think, to worship, even to suffer for what is right and true.
J.B. Phillips wrote a well-known book entitled Your God is Too Small. Perhaps nowadays we might say that our HOPE is too small.
“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” (I Cor. 15:19 NIV)
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” (I Timothy 6:17 NIV)
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:11-14 NIV)
Certainly we can hope that this life is both enjoyable and meaningful–and we hope this for our children as well. But we do ourselves–and them–a grave disservice if we let them think that difficulties, privations and disappointments are to be avoided at all costs or that these things are somehow a sign of failure.
And the change that we long to see?
“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (II Corinthians 3:18 NIV)
“I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.“ (I Corinthians 15:50-52 NIV)