Imagining Obama in Oslo

A good speech generally by our president in defending war as a necessity and acknowledging the presence of evil in the world. Mr. Obama would have done even better and been more statesmanlike if he had taken this undeserved prize and promised to give it to someone more deserving.

Rob Schwarzwalder of the Family Research Council has a good suggestion for someone far more worthy of this award: Gao Zhisheng, a Christian human riights attorney in China who has been missing since Feb. 4. Imagine the credit Obama would have received if he has said he would give it to Gao and demand that the Chinese release him. Talk about the audacity of hope!

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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