A few decades ago, there was a little town in Maine called Flagstaff. As it turns out, the town had no future. Plans were in the works to build a large dam to form a lake that would cover the little town. When the plans were confirmed, things begin to change in Flagstaff. All repairs and improvements ceased. After all, why paint a house or make normal repairs if in less than a year everything was going to be gone. Things begin to fall apart, weeds grew, and people slowly but surely abandoned their homes and places of business. All hope was gone.
The world is full of Flagstaffs. They are found in empty and hopeless philosophies of the world. From the futile search for happiness in materialism and the indulgent lust of the flesh, to the atheistic evolutionist theories, and the resurrection-less religions of the world. It would be impossible to calculate the damage done to mankind through these teachings of hopelessness. Christ is our hope (I Timothy 1:1). Out of a dark but empty tomb shined the greatest light. The light of hope, leading all who follow it to a better life. Christ is a great teacher, a great example, a great prophet, but also much more. As Paul said, "If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied" (I Corinthians 15:19). The resurrection and the hope it brings is for all who will embrace it. Hope is indeed the anchor of the soul (Hebrews 6:19), and in a very real way, an anchor for society at large. Live well, there is hope in our Lord.
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