Tuesday, January 20, 2009

How My Heart Sinks

Tons of thoughts formulated moments ago while watching President Barack Obama's inauguration at UC Irvine's Anteater Bar & Pub, but none more important than the following.

When Obama said, "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers," the bar full of students and teacher assistants had scattered applause and cheers immediately following the term, "non-believers."

Witnessing this, my heart sank. It saddens me that such a young and intelligent group full of hope and potential would actually be proud of the fact that they do not know the Lord. In fact, some of them seem to be proud of rejecting the Lord, presumably because they have never had the proper opportunity.

Folks, as great as Obama seems to be, as great as his rhetoric and inspiring words are, and even as great as his presidency may indeed turn out to be, he is no God. He cannot not solve your problems. He cannot bestow tons of blessings on you. He cannot wash away your sins, and he sure as hell will not die on a cross for you. Instead of idolizing and anointing Obama as some living deity, these same otherwise smart people should check out what Jesus had to say, and see that his actions actually followed through on his powerful words.

So if you want to cheer for something, it begins with the Bible and prayer.
If you want to have someone to cheer for, look no further than the Man upstairs.