For we are saved by hope; but hope that is seen is not hope, for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for it? But if we hope for that which we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Romans 8:24-25 (21st Century King James Version)
It’s easy in today’s world to lose hope. Climate change, economic uncertainty, questionable leadership in government, political instability are just a few that could make many a hearty soul throw up their hands in the air and say, “Screw it!”. I even considered a post titled, “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off” with a picture of a mushroom cloud if things in our world got too hairy. Looking at the news, talking with friends, and even your own personal experiences can make you wonder if there’s any hope.
However, we must have hope. I know this is hard for me to say when I see what goes on in our world; and my posts on this blog as my responses. Plus, I link to blogs of others who don’t have such a rosy view of where we’re headed as well. I’ve experienced firsthand many of the things that I’ve “preached” about here: Hurricane Sandy/climate change, changes to my economic picture since 2008, those calling themselves my “leaders” that can’t lead themselves, etc. I know I can be quite the cynic.
However we must have hope. When I speak of hope, it’s not the wishful thinking kind of “hope” you hear so much about. No. It’s the kind of hope that’s grounded in the Divine-the Greater that He/She’s given us the means necessary to change our world. The hope that’s grounded in action-whether it’s working on curbing CO2 emissions, scaling back our consumerism, learning how to urban farm, turning off the TV and turning on to life, developing a healthier spirituality, or creating more than destroying. It’s that kind of hope. It’s a hope that calls us to channel our energies into what we need to do.
Tonight’s Scripture text refer to salvation through Christ, and how we wait for the final work of salvation to be completed. However, hope is not in “waiting on the Lord’ as so many of us are wont to do. I believe the Divine is waiting for us and what we’re going to do. We need to bring forth that hope that says we can and we will, while we can. We need to learn to wait, to attend to that which God already gave us: intellect, creativity, wisdom, love, peace, truth, and justice.
Then we can truly have hope.