Thursday, February 21, 2008

Hope in man vs. hope in God

I recently listened again to Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream Speech". As I listened to it, I thought about the current rage over Barack Obama and his great oratory. First, Obama, as good as he is, does not hold a candle to the oratory of MLK. More importantly though is a comparison of content between the two men. MLK's words are deep and rich and meaningful, Obama's are shallow and empty and meaningless. MLK spoke volumes; Obama speaks empty pages. You do have to give Obama credit for his remarkable ability to say nothing with great eloquence.

The most telling contrast, and I think this captures the fundamental difference between the two men and their messages, is in their use of the word "hope". When Obama uses the word hope it is about a hope centered in a man. When MLK used the word hope, he was talking about a hope centered in God. The difference between the two men becomes starkly clear: Obama's hope is in men and governments that only offer false hope for a better life; MLK's hope pointed towards the only One who can truly offer a hope that is real.

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