Pastor and best-selling author Max Lucado said that the dramatic increase in suicide over the last two decades is partially due to the lack of hope stemming from the rise of secularism across the U.S.
Speaking at the launch of his new book, Unshakable Hope: Building Our Lives on the Promises of God, at the Museum of the Bible on Aug. 6, Lucado said we live in a society “where it’s like somebody put a liposuction on our hope and is sucking it out.”
“I think it’s the price we pay for secularism,” he said, explaining that secularism promotes the idea that “all of life is what happens between birth and hearse.”
“There’s no preeminence or divine power; there’s no reason to be here, there’s no reason to long to live,” he said. “All of life is bookended.”
This view of the world “sucks the hope out of you” and creates a “sour society,” Lucado warned.
“We wonder why the suicide rate has increased 24 percent since 1999. That’s an epidemic,” he said. “I know it’s a complex issue, and I don’t want to over simplify it, but part of the reason is, we’re dying for lack of hope. There’s just not hope. But if you can get hope … it changes the world.”
At the event attended by The Christian Post, the pastor said that his book, Unshakable Hope, draws upon the promises of God to provide hope that is unchangeable and unsinkable in a sin-damaged world.
“We as Christians believe we were not made to live with cancer and diseases and bitterness and hostility, and somebody’s coming for us,” he said. “There’s a rescue mission happening, and that just lifts my spirit. Life can be tough, but if I believe that somebody, someday is going to come, that gives me hope … Hope changes everything.”
Lucado emphasized that all of us build our lives either on the problems of life or the promises of God.
“I believe that for every problem in life, there’s a promise from God,” he said. “Do you feel all alone? God made you a promise, ‘I will be with you always, even until the end of the earth.’ Do you need someone to speak up for you? Jesus makes the promise — He’s at the right hand of God and He’s also interceding for us. One of my favorite promises is found in the book of Psalms: ‘Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning.'”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett