Friday, April 17, 2009

Something Obama Gets Right

It is likely that most of you reading this blog fundamentally disagree with many of the perspectives, values and plans of our new President. I disagree with many myself. Nonetheless, as gospel-centered, heaven-oriented Christians, Mr. Obama recently made a comment about the United States to which we should all be able to heartily say, "Amen!"

On April 6, Obama told reporters during a recent trip to Turkey:

"Although ... we have a very large Christian population, we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation, or a Jewish nation, or a Muslim nation."

If not in America, where, then, will we find our Promised Land of Christian hope? The writer to the Hebrews encourages us to adopt the attitude of Abraham, who "...was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God." (Hebrews 11:10)

"And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." (Revelation 21:2)

Our Christian hope is found in Heaven, not Washington. Could our Lord have raised up our new president, in part, to keep the church from putting our hope in a false Promised Land? Perhaps.

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