Hope for a better world

In order to survive and prosper, a society needs the vitality and idealism of youth and the wisdom and experience of the elderly. What we are experiencing today is a sprit of nihilism in both young and old: a belief that the old ideas about religion, morals, law and government have failed and need to be discarded and thrown into the rubbish heap so something new can be built.

What should that something new look like? The ideas are conflicting, chaotic and chimeric (existing only in the imagination). None of them give grounds for a realistic hope for a better society.

G. K. Chesterton once wrote: “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and therefore not tried.”

There are, unfortunately, a multitude of apostles of an easy Christianity, a Christianity that promises joy and prosperity without the cost of facing sin, the cross and self-denial. This is what has been tried by many, and found wanting.

Why not embrace the fact that Christianity was never meant to be easy? The old path of repentance, cross-bearing, self-denial and submission to Christ as Lord of our life is the path that leads to peace, joy and hope.

This is what everyone is longing for. The problem is that it is so easy to blame on others when we don’t achieve it. We need to look within. It is difficult and painful to face the reality of our own sinfulness, but that is where the true problem lies, and the only remedy is Jesus Christ.

One of the ways in which the damned will be confounded is that they will see themselves condemned by their own reason, by which they claimed to condemn the Christian religion.

Blaise Pascal

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