Here were my 2008 predictions.
1). The Republicans will retain the White House. The reason is that poor Obama will be eaten alive by the Clinton machine during the primaries. By the time we get to the general election in November, Hillary will have become such a caustic and polarizing figure, she'll lose. People will vote for the Republican as a lesser of evils choice, there will be very low voter turn-out (people will be sick of it all), and no one will want the spectre of William Jefferson lurking around in Hillary's White House. The Republican nominee (Rudy or Romney) will pick a southern conservative (Thompson?-If you can wake him up long enough to get him to run), and Hillary will pick Bill Richardson to pull New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado out of the Republican camp. The wild cards here . . . Iran and terrorism, the economy, and third party-bids by Bloomberg or Paul.
OK, I got this dead wrong. But how many of you would have guessed that Obama could have pulled this off? And who would have predicted that Rudy would run the worst campaign in modern history? Or that Huckabee would have knocked out Romney? Remember, McCain was actually ahead until the economy tanked, and he flew back to DC to "reach across the isle" and endorse that wildly unpopular bailout.
2). The big evangelical blogger discussion by May 1 will be "can a Christian vote for a pro-choice (or nominally pro-life) Republican?" By election day, the debate will be over and it will be "ABC"--anybody but Clinton.
I did better on this one, as there was a great deal of discussion about abortion. But I sure flubbed the details!
3). The Yankees will win the World Series. Yes, Boston has better pitching (although the Yankees have a better team on the field). The reason? The fiery new manager and the desire to win it all while the team plays its final year in Yankee Stadium will carry the day. Also, it is very tough emotionally to repeat (You Red Sox fans need to look at how fat and happy the Yanks have been from all those victories in 1996-2001, and how they have lacked the fire in their bellies ever since).
OK, this one came from my heart, not the head. I always believe that the Yanks will win. But who among you predicted that the Rays would be in the World Series?
4). The Federal Vision controversy will shift from a debate about its basic tenets to the church courts and fairness of the proceedings. The first defeat in a church court for any well-known FV advocate will send a bunch of folk running into the CREC. By the way, my prediction for 2010 is that once all of the FV advocates are together in the same church body, they'll turn on each other--that will be interesting to watch.
The jury is still out on this one . . .
5). I predict Mike Horton will publish two new books, both will be great!
At least I got this one right! Although I must admit, I did have some advance information.
6). I'm also predicting that Ken Samples will say "umm . . ." in a lecture. That will be a first.
If he did, I didn't hear him do it. In addition to being a brilliant thinker, Ken is a great lecturer.
It all goes to show, that we are creatures bound to time and space. We don't know near as much as we think we do, and if it were not for my belief in a sovereign God who has foreordained the future, I might not be as confident in what the future holds, nor as free to show how little I know by making these "all in good fun" predictions.
Who knows, I might even try a few this year . . .