As I have prayed daily for and followed carefully the career of President Obama, I’m convinced that he also is a “dreamer” intent on “fundamentally transforming” (his words) our world. Like Lennon, unfortunately he is not always grounded in reality. He believes in the unscriptural, inherent goodness of man. He thinks if we ignore certain evil realities, partner with enemies and promote peace by highlighting and apologizing for our mistakes, “the world will be as one.”
It’s one thing to be a rock star composing idealistic, sentimental songs that generate controversy, crowds and cash. It’s another thing to be a nation’s leader, waxing eloquent making lofty speeches (“we’ll usher in a new era of peace”… and this is “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal…”) stirring people about some utopian society that really is unattainable this side of eternity. We cannot afford misguided leaders making reckless decisions jeopardizing our national security and future generations.
Here’s the deal: While almost everyone wants peace, the fact is there will never be universal peace on earth until the “Prince of Peace” returns and establishes it. In the meantime, we “pursue peace” but must be vigilant to safeguard our national interests by peace through strength.
In 2009, President Obama gave a speech in Cairo quoting the Koran and proclaiming the dream of “a new beginning between United States and Muslims around the world.” Withdrawing US forces from Iraq he declared, “We are leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq!” He heralded a “reset” with Russia and went on to promise reductions in military forces and our nuclear arsenal to show our peacekeeping intentions.
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