Just over a week ago the United States did something that years ago seemed impossible - we elected an African-American president. World, meet Barack Obama.
This is truly one of the most historic moments of my lifetime. Here are a few others that I remember (I was born in 1972):
1981 - President Reagan assassination attempt 1986 - Space shuttle Challenger explosion on lift-off 1989 - Fall of the Berlin Wall 1991 - Desert Storm (The first Gulf War) 1998 - Impeachment of President Clinton 2000 - Contested Presidential Election between Bush and Gore 2001 - 9/11 - Attack on the World Trade Center Towers 2003 - Iraq War (Second Gulf War) 2003 - Space shuttle Columbia explosion on re-entry 2008 - Election of Barack Obama
I know there are many, many more moments that I am forgetting, but these are the ones I can tell you that I remember where I was.
In the midst of this incredible moment our country is on the way to (if not already in) a recession and many feel that a depression is imminent.
The truth is, America has been "building” to this moment for 20 years. The perfect storm of the collapse of the sub-prime lending concept, the fall of the housing market, and good old-fashioned greed have led to the American economy going straight down the toilet! The value of the US dollar is its lowest ever, unemployment is up, foreclosures continue to rise, and the stock market has lost trillions over the last month.
President-elect Obama, welcome to the White House.
All of this said, my fears in the coming days/months/years aren't with Obama. He may be a great leader, albeit one of the most liberal to date. No, here's my fear - when Obama was elected, and I'm not overstating this, there were parties in the streets - it felt and looked like New Year's Eve.
My fear is that we are putting our HOPE in the wrong place ... in the wrong person.
Obama has written the book "The Audacity of Hope." While I haven't read his book (it's on my list), here's what I do know about hope:
"I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still DARE TO HOPE when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh every morning. I say to myself, "The Lord is my inheritance! Therefore I will HOPE in Him." - Lamentations 3;20-24
My Future? In Christ. My security? In Christ. My faith? In Christ. My peace? In Christ. My comfort? In Christ. My assurance? In Christ. My yesterday ... my today ... my tomorrow? In Christ. My salvation? In Christ. My life? In Christ. My hope? IN CHRIST.
"We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only HOPE is in YOU."
- Psalm 39:6-7