People want and need hope in life. That need is intimately connect to our human need (as created in us by God) for meaning/purpose. Each person seeks meaning in their life in a manner they are comfortable with. Therein lies the challenge and the problem. There are only two possible sources for hope — in God or humanity. We established last time that humanity is bankrupt and incapable of fulfilling our hope — even if it’s good enough for this life, it’s not for eternity.
That leaves only God. This is where Christians say “Jesus is the answer,” close the book, and go home … right?
You might think so, but it is not that simple. Here is why. There are many Americans who are not Christians, but know just enough about Chris-tianity and the Bible to get it all wrong. They may have been raised in the church or attended church for a short while as a child. They might have even been in the church long enough to teach Sunday School, but that does not mean they are Christians. If someone knows something about the church, Christianity or the Bible, but do not have a relationship with Jesus, they still have misplaced hope. They don’t even realize it. They are placing their hope in Christians instead of Christ. Placing hope in Christians is extremely dangerous, because it is not if, but when will that Christian fail.
Paul warned us in II Timothy 3 about those who have a form of godliness, but lack it’s power. Jesus makes it clear in Matthew 13 in the parable of the sower.
Good Christian, when a Christ follower fails, you can chock that up to the temptation of the world, the flesh or the devil. There is nothing more and nothing less. And when a Chris follower behaves in a manner keeping with the Lord himself — give praise to God. In all situations, place your hope in Christ and Christ alone. He is the Savior.