As the Presidential Election approaches, I hear and read a lot of things that are filled with hatred and spite. One of the tenants of America is the freedom of speech. This is a great thing but can also be abused. Something that disturbs me the most is the hatred coming from people who claim to be Christians. I am a Christian and I believe in taking a stand, but not one that harms the name of Christ.
Does your church use an annual theme? Our church has chosen 2012 to focus on HOPE! I don't think I've ever seen such a hopeless generation... teenagers, marriages, and even churches. Our God is the "God of Hope" (Rom. 15:13). Jesus Christ saved us to be a hopeful people (1 Pet. 1:3, 13). So let us pray the prayer of David: Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. Psalm 43:5
So much of what we call hope is temporary. It is fleeting. At most, it lasts in this life only. Paul said (1 Cor. 15:19) that if Christ brings a temporary hope only, we are the most miserable of men on the planet. I would agree. Most people don't wear parachutes because they are comfortable (in fact they are quite uncomfortable), they wear them for security. So many Christians today have ditched their parachute because it didn't bring them happiness on the flight of life. God is not near as interested in pacifying or pleasing us with 'the abundant life' as He is protecting and preparing us for 'eternal life.' Here's what to expect in the last days: Joel 3:16; Malachi 3:16; Revelation 3:16.