Obamamania and Emotionalism
February 19, 2008 1 Comment
“Hope must be grounded in objective truth otherwise it quickly becomes wishful thinking.” — Cal Thomas
The above quote is from Mr. Thomas’ latest offering,
“Misplaced Hope Can Be Dangerous” ,
in which he examines that which seems to be Barack Obama’s platform: hope (I would like to ask him what hope he can offer to the children sacrificed at the altar of “women’s choice”, but I digress).
Undeniably, Thomas’ words will be dismissed by those who have made up their minds on the basis of emotions, a terribly way to waste one’s God-given ability to reason.
I have personally seen the blind faith some place on this man who if we can just take a second to realize, is just a man. A moment’s further reflection will reveal that he is after all, a politician who well, is liable to say just about anything to get elected. It is worth noting that neither side of the aisle is immune from pandering to a certain demographic.
That unbelievers will buy into anyone offering such hope is understandable and to some extent, expected, after all if you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.
That Christians are buying into this wishful thinking (or pie-in-the-sky rhetoric) is indicative of a larger problem. Somehow we have forgotten that our citizenship is in heaven not here on earth, and our hope does not stem from the lips of politicians (whatever the party) but from the Resurrection of our Lord.
Allow me to curtail any attempts to dismiss the Resurrection as ‘wishful thinking’ by directing the kind reader to the “Resurrection” tab at the top and by pointing out that the natural man does not (because he can not) understand the things of God, at least according to the Apostle, who actually saw the Risen Christ and gave his life at the order of Nero as a testimony to this.
The couple of people I have asked for a good reason to smoke what the good Senator is selling, cannot root their answer in objective truth. Their “reasoning” is derived from emotion and feelings, not bad things of course, but not things on which important decisions are to be based.
As Cal Thomas sagely points out (emphasis mine),
The writer of the New Testament Book of Hebrews says that, “faith is being sure of what we hope for” (Hebrews 11:1). What we see in Barack Obama is a man with great rhetorical skills, who is untested in battle. Many are projecting their hopes on him because he makes them feel good. What commander would put a low-ranking officer in charge of all troops during wartime? We are close to making Obama our commander in chief with no hint of how he might perform, other than to withdraw troops from Iraq.
If Mr. Obama says he will rebuild the temple in 3 days, I wonder how many of his disciples who dismiss the Lord’s Resurrection will believe him?