I didn't listen to all of the speech given the other night but I have to say I was a little furious when Senator Omaba took the first part of Romans 5:5 and equated it with himself. I half expected lightening to ran down from the Denver sky.
Hope is not found is Obama... nor McCain or any other politician. Any claim to such would make you a false prophet and the anti-Christ. It was as shameful as when Bill Clinton in 92 took the passage of 1 Cor 2:9 and equated it to himself, "Eye has not seen nor ear heard nor has it entered in the Heart of any man what we will do for you." Lest we place all the blame on Dems for taking pieces of God's word and equating it with America or themselves, Reagan was just as guilty but claiming America would be a shining city on a hill when that's about believers in Christ and the need to let the light of our good deeds shine to a lost world.
Hope is found only in Jesus. Not in money. Not in fame. Not in politics. Not a person who promises everything whether they are a good communicator or not.
Let's finish the whole passage in context shall we?
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation
Change only happens in Christ Another catch phrase ballyhooed around. Change only happens as the true Messiah (and Hope for the World) transforms us. Change is happening now as His Spirit transforms us into ever-increasing glory. But ultimate change happens when He comes for us in glory. We will all be changed in a flash, in a twinkling of the eye at the last trumpet. Change happens when we see him face to face and this hope, real hope is what purifies us...
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.