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Aug

Hope?

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The world's a mess.

 

I know...that's pretty much a "duh!" statement. 

 

As I write this, evidence is mounting for a United States response to chemical weapons used on civilians in Syria.  Egypt is under military rule, civil war looms, Christian churches have been burned, and it's unknown how long it will take before any direction becomes evident.  Things are tense with Russia, China, almost anything having to do with the Middle East, and you would be hard-pressed to find anything positive almost anywhere.

 

Things "at home" are not better.  The recession may be over but it doesn't feel like it.  Sequestration doesn't help.  Problems abound. Spending or spending cuts, healthcare, privacy vs. security, immigration, and job creation, are problems begging for a solution.  Government inaction, or intractability, or ineptitude, are all talked to death--but just like talking abou the weather or taxes, everybody's talking but no one does anything about it. 

 

Moral anarchy is evident--nothing is wrong anymore.  Whether it is the bewildering popularity of the Kardashians or the lasciviousness of a Miley Cyrus, making a name for yourself comes from making a spectacle of yourself.  We live in a "new normal" where we are no longer morally outraged because there is no longer anything that is morally outrageous.

 

The world is a mess.

 

You could almost give up hope.  If your hope is built on an earthly utopia, despair is an acceptable option.  If you believe humanity has proven we have the wherewithall to make a heaven on earth, there is scant evidence to back up that perspective.  BUT, our hope is "built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness."  The only hope of the world is Jesus--that is not a trite, tired, statement.  It is the eternal reality of God re-learned in every circumstance, in every age, and declared into the hearts of every believer. 

 

We express this hope as we pray as Jesus taught us to pray, "Your Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven".  One day that prayer will be answered completely and eternally.  For now, we pray, we hope, we work, and we watch for where God is working and join in His work.

 

The world's a mess...but Jesus is Lord.

 

Grace and peace,

 

Pastor Ray

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    Christie Aremu Saturday, 31 August 2013

    :D Amen Pastor Ray! Thank you for this encouraging reminder.

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