Seth Godin has another great post today on hope. Read it.
Today with the inauguration we witnessed millions of people who were willing to by hope, from a politician no less. I believe Barak Obama has what it takes to lead our country out of the many messes that we are in right now. I believe John McCain could have done it as well (just being honest). But both of these guys are still just dudes. There is nothing about them that is more or less special than any of us. We are all sinful and broken and left to ourselves we are completely hopeless.
The sad thing is that the church, should be able to market hope better than Barak Obama’s campaign did. We have the message of Jesus Christ, which is the hope for all of us, to be saved from our own sins and our own destruction. We have hope to spare. The Gospel is hope and we are known for doing a very poor job of communicating that hope.
The perception of the church to the world is that we are a rigid bunch of people who follow rules. The Gospel of Hope is not adequately presented in that perception. So what can we do to change the perceptions? It has to be more that words, it has to be more than good sermons. We have to show our hope. We have to live out our hope every day. We have to talk about the hope that we have. We have to connect our hope to our everyday lives.
I’m praying that President Obama will be a great president, but I can’t put my hope in him. Because he will let me down. Jesus will never let us down. My prayer is that we would look beyond President Obama and look to Jesus, and that we would put our hope in him.
Psalm 25 is a great reminder of where our hope should be directed.