The incarcerated man with no hope for a future life beyond a cell.
The single mom with no hope for her children’s success.
The cancer patient with no hope for a cure.
The invalid with no hope of hugging someone back.
The teenager with no hope to live for.
Hopelessness is all around us.
The news channels broadcast stories of death and disaster, painting a gloomy picture of our world. Nations are in discord with each other, and citizens are opposing their governments. Poverty strikes the masses, and hunger plagues the poor.
The only hope these people could truly grasp is one of a better, different life in the future.
Meanwhile, in America, schools seem to think the world’s current hopelessness is not enough. So they fill the heads of our nation’s children with ideas that don’t allow for hope to exist. They completely cut out all thoughts of optimism.
They tell students that they are nothing more than the product of a chance occurrence between a few particles, millions of years ago. They say that there is nothing beyond this life. When we die we are completely finished and simply absorbed into the depths of the ground.
If their current lives are in turmoil, that is just how it happened to play out. Some people are given good lives, while others are given miserable ones. There is no equalizer, no fairness. The laws of science are cold and merciless.
So when all we see seems hopeless, why would we want to pour more hopelessness into our minds. Why would we craft an origin story that only creates a meaningless existence.
C. S. Lewis once said,
“If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.”
Today I want you to know that the universe has meaning! You have meaning! You were not an accident, some chance-happening!
“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”