All the craze

I have been utterly amazed at this wild thing called “the Wii craze”.  My sister and I got one for our parents for Christmas.  A number of our friends got one for Christmas and a number of my students got them.  And since then, Connie and I have been looking for one.  Every store we go into there is no Wii to be found.  A sales person at Best Buy said that there are people that come in everyday asking about them.  And since we live no where near a place that would stock a Wii, we are at a disadvantage. Before Christmas I never gave too much thought in getting a Wii.  I knew they were out there, but I haven’t had a gaming system since the Atari 2600 (now that dates me) so I never got captured by this craze.  But after we got my parents one and started playing it…well…I got hooked.  And then we heard about the Wii Fit…that right there convinced my wife.

So we have been looking online and the story has been the same…”Out of stock”…until last night.  Connie’s brother put us onto Gamestop.com and sure enough…a Wii…so I ordered one.  I should have one by next week.  I guess I gave in to “the craze”.

Today is January 20 and our 44th president is being sworn into office.  Today…January 20…we (officially) begin a new era.  It’s an era that worries me because of what I have heard from people in the media and in my own little world here in SW MN.  I have heard comments that suggest people are putting their hope and faith in Obama.  People are putting this president up on a pedestal.  It is almost as if they view him as a savior.  I guess one could say we are in the midst of an “Obama craze”.  But this is one craze I am not going to get caught up in.

I am not here to express my political beliefs.  As a pastor and as a Christian I am going to pray for Preisdent Obama and for the congress and for all elected leaders.  They all have a tough road ahead of them.  But I am not going to put my hope and faith in any person of this world…no matter how popular they are.  Our hope and faith needs to be in one person and one person alone…JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD!

I hope and pray that God uses Obama to work for peace.  I hope and pray that God uses Obama to stabilize this country.  And I hope and pray that Obama is faithful and listens to God.  I hope and pray that Obama puts his agenda aside and asks for wisdom from God our Father.  I hope and pray that the people of this county recognize the fact that Obama is a sinful human being (like we all are) and not our savior.  I hope and pray that the people of this country (and the world) recognize Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

Only one person can save us.  Only one person can restore peace in this world.  Only one person can lead us in ways of truth and justice.  And it is not our president or any world leader…it’s JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD!

When I was a kid, the Atari 2600 was all the craze…but that faded away.  In the 80’s Rubik’s Cube was all the craze…but that faded away as well.  Today, Wii is all the craze…but that too will fade away.  As with anything of this world…all things will eventually fade away (Yes…even the “Obama craze” will fade away), but one person has not and will not fade away…and that is…JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.

-edh-

4 thoughts on “All the craze

  1. no craze here, but I do feel a sort of awe about the first African American President. It does feel significant, not because I think he can fix things. Yes, I worry about the “craze” mentality: not just about him, but the way we think about leaders in general.

  2. heartofapastor

    I don’t remember a big craze like this with any other leader. I know there have been feelings of hope with other presidents, but nothing like this. But “yes” I am worried as well.

  3. David

    Your post is in step with my Wednesday prayer service. I read the passage from 1 Kings 3 where Solomon asks God for wisdom and a discerning heart. We talked about Obama and the “is he ready to lead” campaign tactic used during the presidential race. We talked about experience versus virtue and we even talked about how God grants authority to those who govern.

    Solomon knew he was young, and professed that did not know “how to go out or how to come in, ” yet God blessed him with wisdom. No one can possibly know how to assume such an office during such times as these, and Obama is no exception. He does not know how to go out or how to come in to this precidency, the times are unprecidented.

    I too pray that our president listens to God, prays for wisdom and a discerning heart. I pray that the disdain for the previous president does not carry over and guide this president’s actions simply so he can undo what has been done. Such actions will only do further harm.

    That being said, I believe that with the election of Obama, our country will turn a corner and regain some of the credibility that was lost over the last 4 to 6 years. But it will be God’s hand that guides, and God’s wisdom that leads.

  4. heartofapastor

    Hey David…it’s good to “see” you again.

    I think you are right on. Whether someone likes Obama or not we all still need to pray for him. I like the analogy with Solomon. When God told Solomon to ask for anything and Solomon asked for wisdom, God was very pleased. Like you said…I hope Obama asks for wisdom.

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