A Sliver of Hope
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We are faced with a landslide of hopelessness and despair. It is difficult to blame people for being afraid to bring children into a world as seemingly broken and cruel as the one we are currently facing. It is easy to be consumed the never-ending spiral of negativity.
Without minimizing the severity of the issues that are stacked against us, I would like to argue that we still have a sliver of hope to cling to.
For those of us who identify as Christ-followers, we believe that we have a saviour who became one of us, fully human. He suffered as completely and utterly as any human ever could. Not only did he go through excruciating torment on his personal journey to the cross, during his crucifixion he took the sins of the world upon his shoulders and experienced the anguish and pain of the entirety of humanity - even to the point of crying out in the words of the Psalmist, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Many of us have echoed Jesus' cry this past month as we have been painfully reminded of the many evils present in our society.
But the Good News of Jesus' story is that it does not end on the cross.
Out of the tomb, Jesus rose and brought hope to a suffering people. Out of the darkness of Calvary, a new community of believers rose up to become revolutionaries and vessels of healing for a broken world.
“Hope is one of the Theological virtues. This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.”
– C.S. LewisWhile there is still undoubtedly incredible hurt and pain in South Africa at the moment, I believe that out of the pits of despair, we shall rise up and experience a new world of restoration and wholeness in this country. A world where women can experience healing, perpetrators will face justice and all citizens can move forward with a sliver of hope for future generations. The journey is not going to be easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is.
"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us."
- Romans 5:1-5 (NIV)