Tomorrow our country elects a new president. I know you know that. Everybody knows that–the whole world knows that. I am amazed how much Europe pays attention to our election. It has been one of the top two or three stories on daily news here for months. The overwhelming favorite here is Barak Obama. I have several Italian friends who think any American that is not for Obama is crazy. They absolutely hate Bush here and see McCain as more of the same. They actually are very knowledgeable concerning our presidential race and our electoral system. I think one of the reasons Italians are so interested in our election is because they are so hopeless about their own political situation. Politicians here make 8 to 9 times what the average Italian makes in wages. They are seen as totally privileged and out of touch. A fairly high percentage are corrupt–meaning they have been arrested but had the charges dropped or laws enacted that made whatever illegal activity they were charged with legal. Most Italians are highly suspicious of their government and believe that the government and the church are in cahoots. And they absolutely realize that whoever is in charge in Washington has an impact on the European world. In some way they are hoping that an Obama victory will change their lives for the better. Their hope is misplaced. Not because of Obama or McCain–but because hope in broken humanity will always disappoint.
How about ours–as Americans? Are we hoping in “change?” Are we hoping that someone will pull out a miracle for the economy? Are we hoping that someone will make all wars go away? What or who are we hoping in? I have read and heard Americans on both sides of the aisle plead that if their candidate does not win our country will be devastated. I don’t know what God is up to with this election and in this season of our country’s history. The next four years may be a wake up call–no matter who wins.
Here is what I do know–whatever hope we place in a president or government program is a misplaced hope. There is only One who is worthy of our hope. There is only Once who is perfect and worthy of all of our trust–tomorrow and every day after that.
Listen to the prophet Jeremiah….”Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are you not he, O Lord our God? We set our hope on you, for you do all these things.”