‘F— hope’ or Find hope
Controversial filmmaker, Michael Moore, went on an obscene rant on The Huffington Post recently:
F— hope. Seriously, f— hope. F— despair, too. But f— hope.
Hope is passive. Hope gives you permission to let someone else do the work.
Hope, and the passivity that comes with it, is what helped get us here to begin with. It’s the lazy way out.
We don’t need hope. We need action.
As a writer and speaker, whose tagline is “hope and humor,” I wish to disagree. Without hope, people join gangs, turn to illegal drugs, abandon relationships and eventually despair of life.
Contrary to Moore, I would urge people to find hope:
So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord! (Psalm 31:24).
When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer (Psalm 94:19).
The Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love (Psalm 147:11).
The hopes of the godly result in happiness, but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing (Proverbs 10:28).
“My mercy and justice are coming soon. My salvation is on the way. My strong arm will bring justice to the nations. All distant lands will look to me and wait in hope for my powerful arm” (Isaiah 51:5).
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17).
This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers (1 Timothy 4:10).
We look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed (Titus 2:13).
A loving God is our hope. Learn more about him here.
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