August 29, 2008

“and in the words of Scripture…”

Even though college football was on, I did see some of Barak Obama’s acceptance speech at the DNC tonight.  I was bothered by his closing statement (among many others) in tonight’s speech.  He closed his speech, taking a verse from Hebrews out of context.  I’ll get to that in just a minute.

Let me preface this by saying that by no means do I claim to be a political expert.  I do try to keep an open mind when it comes to politics.  My open mind usually always leads me to the conservative right.  However, I must admit, the first time that I was able to vote for the President of the United States, I voted for… (this really hurts to admit) Bill Clinton.  They say that confession is the first step in the healing process.

 I was 18 years old and Billy boy was the “hip” choice (sound familiar?).  All the celebs were on MTV telling me to Rock the Vote and we all know which way they wanted me to “rock” it.  Bob Dole was an old man and he wasn’t on MTV like Clinton was.  This was before I learned to think for myself and develop my own opinions and beliefs.  That younger version of me would probably vote for Obama.  It is the cool, “Green”, thing to do.  Nobody’s proud of their past mistakes, right?

Well, here’s what bothered me most about Obama’s speech tonight.  He closed his speech with this statement:

 “At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us keep that promise — that American promise — and in the words of Scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.”

I’m sorry Barak, the hope that I confess is not found in you or any other political candidate.  The hope that I confess can only be found in Jesus Christ alone! 

It really bothers me how politicians can take God’s Word and prostitute it out for political gain.  By no means is Obama the only one who is guilty of this.  

As I was watching the convention tonight, I found it sad to see over 80,000 people rallying for change and placing their hope and faith in the life of a politician.  How awesome would it be to see that enthusiasm for the one true hope that is Jesus Christ.  

I stumbled upon a blog tonight that was written by a college minister living in Seattle.  She had many of the same feelings I had after hearing Obama’s speech tonight.  Check our her thoughts here:

Unswerving Hope




  1. You missed the point entirely.

    Obama’s reference was not to himself, but to the promise made by God as recounted in the Hebrews verse.

    Comment by Jim Williams — August 29, 2008 @ 1:13 am

  2. Wow, I looked up “the hope that we confess” on Google, and I’m glad it brought me here.

    Thanks for typing this blog up, because I’ve felt the same way.

    Do you mind if I link to this entry from my blog?

    I’ll wait for a response before I do so.

    Comment by Kyle — August 29, 2008 @ 3:46 am

  3. I think he meant hope that God will maintain the strength of the American spirit. Not hope in him. Hope that life in America will be restored to the greatness of it’s promise to the American people. Hope that the ills we face will be healed in our lifetime.

    Comment by Tess — August 29, 2008 @ 4:09 am

  4. i caught that (and jesse’s tie as well…you would have think someone would have told him). but anyway, anyone sitting under the teaching of Wright would be expected to prostitute scripture. Christ indeed is our hope. but his shallow speech’s ending fits with the temple / greek god mythology theme. his ego is simply saying…your hope is found in me.

    Comment by Brian Massey — August 29, 2008 @ 5:55 am

  5. No, the point was not missed. This trinitarian promise was made by God, to us, for the Holy Spirit b/c of Christ’s death and resurrection. The bottom line is that Barack Hussein Obama took the quote out of context. He didnt mention God, Christ or anything. It wasnt offensive b/c it was void of its original meaning. The gospel is offensive and all the MSNBC pundits wouldn’t have lauded the speech if he started exegeting the verse. Heb 10:23 is talking about Christ and the perserving in our faith b/c God has promised that once He saves us (through Christ’s atonement), He will keep us faithful (b/c He is faithful). If Obama wanted to preach that, b/c it will preach, then go ahead. Otherwise, he took it out of context and had no place in the speech. Playing fast and loose with Scripture is a dangerous game.

    Comment by Brian Massey — August 29, 2008 @ 4:05 pm

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