Friday, August 29, 2008

Hope in the Amercian Promise?

Thursday evening I watched Barack Obama’s acceptance speech as the presidential candidate for the Democratic Party. The event was hyped as being equally reflective of the infamous “I Have a Dream” speech given by Martin Luther King Jr. on the Mall in Washington D.C. before Lincoln's Memorial 45 years ago. Without any commentary about the speech or about Obama himself, I must admit to being righteously indignant over the last sentence of his speech:

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."

The scripture Obama is referring to is Hebrews 10:23: "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful." In the context of the Bible - the “hope” spoken of here is the resurrection, and the “he” is Jesus Christ. In context of Barack Obama’s acceptance speech – “the “hope” spoken of here is the “American promise” and the “he” is - who? I'm sure the "he" Obama spoke of here not Jesus; our Lord never spoke of the “American promise.”

Hebrews 10:23 was clearly out of place in the progressively negative and aggressively political speech that was deliberated that night.

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