Friday, November 7, 2008

“This is not change but the opportunity to make it”, says Obama

In a deeply moving speech following his being declared the president-elect, Barack Obama said that his victory at the polls "is not the change, but the opportunity to make that change."
"This is our moment. This is our time", he declared, "to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth - that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, We Can."

Obama appealed to the traditional character of the founding fathers, to American values and to ordinary people to work together for a better country and world.
Here is a message of hope for New Zealanders as we go to the polls to elect a new Government. We have often lauded ourselves with being a ‘can do’ people using the proverbial ‘number 8 wire’. We at such a time should reflect on our founding values, the Treaty of Waitangi and what we as a proud people can do for our nation and the world. Yes, We Can!

The Spirit of God is evident in the great moments and movements of history such as we’ve witnessed in the coming to power of Barak Obama, a culmination of the long journey to justice for the black people of the USA. Likewise in the great historic moments and justice movements in New Zealand such as The Treaty of Waitangi and the Hikoi of Hope to name but two.

We celebrate a God who acts in history and who is present today to bring about the needed change and hope. Together with the guidance and aid of God’s Spirit we can say, ‘Yes, We Can’.
The well known verse from St Paul, “behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2Corinthians 6:2), calls us to work towards God’s kingdom and Will, here on earth as it is in heaven. Our national elections will not be the change but is our opportunity to make change here and now!

1 comment:

  1. absolutly. its interesting that this call and vote for change has happended first in the states and now here in NZ- But they are for differnet ends of the policitcal spectrum (well, you know what i mean, even tough National is center right.... fundamentally values are different)... Interesting...