Michael Brown on Hope Motivates Better Than Pessimism

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The November elections may come down to one main question: Whose base is more motivated? The answer to that question may come down to another important question: Whose base has more hope?

The Bible teaches that “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life” (Prov. 13:12, ESV). It also states that “The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit?” (Prov. 18:14, NLT).

There is plenty of physical sickness in our country today, led by the COVID-19 pandemic. And there is plenty of heart sickness as well, with a plague of fear, hopeless, depression and suicide.

An Aug. 5 article on Roll Call stated that, “The nation’s suicide rate reached historic highs prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, with rates at the highest levels since World War II. Economic and social pressures this year have heightened the risks, worrying experts, health officials and lawmakers.”

Things were bad enough before the virus. They have gotten much worse since.

On Aug. 13, Politico reported that, “One in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 say they’ve considered suicide in the past month because of the pandemic, according to new CDC data that paints a bleak picture of the nation’s mental health during the crisis.”

It is difficult to live without hope. Difficult to live while believing that the world is crumbling around you. Difficult to live without something positive to look forward to.

Young people have been raised with constant fears of an impending world apocalypse, if not from climate change then from some other crisis, be it an alien invasion or an asteroid collision. And a slew of movies has underscored that fear. (An April 1, 2020 article on Town and Country carried the headline and subhead: “The Best Movies About the End of the World, to Watch at the End of the World. It’s bleak out there. So are these films.”)

That is why Americans today so desperately need hope. Real hope. Tangible hope. Hope they can sink their teeth into. More bad news will only depress.

Surely, there is not much joy in the midst of the riots and violent protests. Surely, there is not much joy in the midst of critical, hateful words.

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SOURCE: Charisma News