Obama’s Rug #4

Dear Reader,

Okay, this is the quote that actually repelled me from off the bat. It is my John F. Kennedy: “No Problem of Human Destiny is Beyond Human Beings.” Really? No problem is beyond us? What about sin? Death? The fate of our immortal souls? These are our primary, most basic problems and people cannot solve them. We can ignore or explain away our sin (which we have been trying to do since Eden). We can put off death a few years. But ultimately we have no solutions to these problems. Only God does.

Even many of our other societal problems are very hard to wipe out. There will always be poor people, though perhaps their poverty from a historical perspective is reduced in this country. There will always be injustice. It is deep within the human heart for us to exclude each other. So I suppose this is really a sin problem again.

I guess it is just scary to me that a president, and presumably two presidents since Obama quotes JFK, can think this. It shows a complete lack of understanding of who and what we are as people, of our basic situation, and standing before God. Now I do not think we have a Christian country. I am under no illusions that even our earliest leaders were all true believers. And I understand that there is a huge portion of the American population which would disagree with me. But I have a certain understanding of reality–that all people are sinners and stand condemned before a holy and just God, that we cannot save ourselves but need God to change our hearts. And it is scary to have a leader who I don’t believe had a right understanding of, well, reality, of humanity’s most basic problems and limitations and needs.

But there is comfort in the fact that all leaders are under God’s ultimate authority, whether they recognize that fact or not. There is comfort in the fact that government itself is a blessing from God, even when it is not the ideal government or the administration I would choose. And there is great comfort in this verse from Proverbs: “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD;He turns it wherever He wishes” (Prov. 21:1). 




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