false hope?

we have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics. they will only grow louder and more dissonant. we’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. we’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

but in the unlikely story that is america, there has never been anything false about hope.” senator barack obama, january 8th, 2008

i don’t care what your politics are, that line (“there has never been anything false about hope”) is a butt kicking line.

i may not end up voting for him (though i would like the chance) but i stand amazed at that line.

6 Replies to “false hope?”

  1. Sorry, I started to write He’s definitely a great speaker and did not revise it very well! it should be He definitely…. I don’t want other parties to judge me by my grammar!!

  2. Hope is good if it’s in the right object. It it’s not, it is a false hope. Wheter it’s faith or politics it’s important that we have our hope in the right thing. But you knew that. 😉

  3. ah len, you gotta go and get all picky. all i was saying was that the line was good not that it was completely define theologically.

    it’s a really good line. sometimes he sounds more like a preacher and that line was one of those moments.

  4. Here’s my deal and I’ve been thinking about blogging about it. I have many friends who are supporting Obama and I see a great similarity between them and the religous right of 20 plus years ago. Their hope is that someone can come along and offer real change, it’s not going to happen. Our hope is not in a political system or candidate. We should vote and be responsible citizens but no person or party is going to satisfy the hope and longing that most of us have.

  5. i agree with you on what you just said (both the similarity with the religious right and not placing our hope in a party of person). i don’t see obama or mccain as the answer to the problems. my faith (as well as yours) says that there is only ONE WHO is the answer and HIS name is not john or barak. i will say that i’m excited about the possibility obama being the democratic candidate because i think this could be the first election in which i have voted where i will be voting for a candidate rather than against a candidate. even if i disagree with them i still have a huge amount of respect for politicians that vote that conscience rather than being idealogs. though they have different views from each othe i see mccain and obama as people who vote their conscience. that makes this a fun election to be a part of.

    with the above said, if we in the church would live out our conscience rather than falling along political lines we would do a much better job of living out the part in the LORD’s prayer concerning “earth as in heaven.

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