Bob  Burney

My wife and I were driving to dinner the other evening when a mini-van pulled beside us at a traffic light. It was dark and there was a “glow” emanating through the side windows. The kids were locked tightly in their car seats and their eyes were glued to the drop down TV screen above their heads. I craned my neck to see what the munchkins were watching and—lo and behold!—they were watching munchkins! I was shocked that children with so many entertainment options available to them were watching the old classic, “The Wizard of Oz”! My twisted mind began rerunning some of the scenes from the movie. Then I had a really strange thought: maybe we’re in Oz. And maybe that’s good!

The climax of the movie is both the best part and the worst part: Dorothy and her friends are convinced that all their problems will be solved if they can just make their way to the wonderful Wizard. He can solve problems of the heart, mind, emotions and body—or so they were told. One trial leads to another, but finally they find the Emerald City where the Wizard lives. Their trials are almost over, their dreams will soon come to pass—the wizard will fix it all. Well, you know the story. In a very short matter of time they discover the Wizard is a total fraud. All hope is lost—or is it? There is a happy ending, but not because of the Wizard’s magical powers.

You know what? I think we really are in Oz.

During the last election campaign we heard a cacophony of voices crying “hope is coming”, “change is coming,” “hang on, help is on the way,” and the loud cheers of, “yes, we can!” America was led to believe that the answer to all of our problems was just an election away. No matter what your problem, no matter what your need—the wonderful One would grant your every wish and fulfill your every dream. Well, we’ve arrived at the Emerald City and in just a few weeks we have already discovered that the man behind the curtain may not be all he claimed to be.

Bob Burney

Bob Burney is Salem Communications’ award-winning host of Bob Burney Live, heard weekday afternoons on WRFD-AM 880 in Columbus, Ohio.

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