One serious problem facing our society today is a lack of hope. Polls show that most Americans think the country’s best days are behind us. When asked if the country is going in the right or wrong direction, the vast majority say it is going in the wrong direction. Losing hope creates a downward spiral that only gets worse.
Losing hope is a serious problem for society. Hope is what you have when you are looking forward to something better. It involves waiting in anticipation of a better day. When people lose hope, they fear what tomorrow might bring and become discouraged. They may even become angry and vent their frustration on others or themselves. We see that especially among young people, and most of all in girls.
When young people are being taught that they are mere accidents of evolution and their life has no ultimate meaning, it’s not surprising that they are losing hope. When they see no purpose in life and no hope for a better future, we should not be surprised to see them take out their anger on society.
What a difference it can make in the lives of young people if they have the reassurance that they are loved and their lives have purpose and meaning. However, adults can’t give hope to young people if they don’t have it themselves. That is something that Christianity can give. A Christian can look forward to a better day regardless of present circumstances. We know that God is in control and that He loves us, as Jesus taught and demonstrated.
The late Christopher Hitchens would say that “religion poisons everything.” In some ways, that is true. The religion of Darwinian materialistic evolution has been poisoning our young people and destroying their hope, but Jesus restores hope. He said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
The Sermon on the Mount recorded in Matthew chapters 5-7 is the most excellent discourse on how to live a life of love and hope. If you are losing hope, read those chapters and put the words of Jesus into practice. I guarantee that it will change your life for the better.
— Roland Earnst © 2023