Christian Fellowship Center - Qualicum Beach, BC.
The Christian way of seeing is rooted in redemption and hope -- hope not in a simple positive outcome to the problem at hand but in the reality of Christ as creator, "plan man", redeemer and sustainer of the entire human story.
Natural hope is transient - depending on human possibility, luck, the actions of others (the farmer plants in hope, I hope the Whitecaps win, I hope I get that job …).
Biblical hope, however, is full of certainty because Biblical hope is not a hope for; it is a hope in. Biblical hope rests squarely in and on Christ—the Creator (John 1), Sustainer (Col. 1), and Redeemer (Rev. 4) of the entire human story. It is rooted on the goodness of God – who He is, what He has done, what He promises. It is a confident expectation, a moral certainty, based on He who is entirely moral.
Christians often miss hope in one of two directions: optimism or despair.
Optimism is the “feel good” expression of Christianity that is always positive, full of self-help advice, and offering safe Christian alternatives to all the evil stuff in the world.
On the other hand, despair is the escapism that characterizes those who assume the world is headed straight to hell, and there really is nothing we can do about it. Politics, the arts, the courts, and the country are beyond influence and beyond change, and are therefore no place for the believer. We are only to wait for heaven, when we can escape this whole mess!
Because of Christ, neither optimism nor despair is an option for the believer. A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW sees and explains profound goodness and intense evil - nothing is outside of God’s perspective. Because we are image bearers we carry (or ignore!) His perspective into every sphere of life we enter - we can't afford not to! We have the capacity to know God’s design for all of life and are called to contribute to the fulfillment of these rather than just rail against society. We are called to be a people of hope as we trust in Christ, the Hope of the world.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15.13