"Hope… and other four-letter words"

Today is a historic day… but you don’t need me to tell you that!. Whether with excitement or dread, we’ve all been looking toward this day when Barrack Obama will cease to be the President Elect and will become THE President of these United States. Whatever your opinion of the man or your political persuasion… he will be the God-ordained leader of our country, and deserves our respect and more importantly our prayers.

Barrack Obama early on was labeled the ‘candidate of change’ and ran openly on a platform of ‘hope’.

Hope… now there’s something to talk about.

I tried to search out all the political speeches that contained the word ‘hope’ but quickly realized how futile a task that would be. Just about every politician has, at one point or another, embraced or even tried to personify the concept.

The word itself is defined several ways. ‘Hope’ can be ‘to wish for something with expectation of its fulfillment’ or even ‘the theological virtue defined as the desire and search for a future good, difficult but not impossible to attain with God’s help.’ Hope… just say the word. It’s powerful… and you can see why speakers are quick to invoke this magic phrase.

And that’s the problem. We are quick to make the promise, but rarely can we deliver! When bandied about so casually, the word becomes (like it’s close relative ‘love’) just another ‘four-letter word’.

My prayer is that Barrack Obama will be a great President. We’re in desperate times and need the fulfillment of the promise of hope. But ultimately we need to trust not in a man or a system or the hope that political promises will be kept… we need to find the true source of Hope… Jesus Christ.

“What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.”
1 Peter 1:3 (The Message)

Now that’s Hope!