The World’s Best Hope

One doesn’t have to live very long to understand there are many unpleasant things going on in the world.  It also doesn’t matter much which age in history you want to look at, either.  There are natural disasters such as fires, famines, hurricanes, floods, blizzards, earthquakes, tornadoes, hailstorms, and drought.  There are epidemics and other hazards to human existence.  And, as if that were not enough, we have the human created disasters and horrors of war, genocide, tyranny, persecution, and other things.

While many of these things we cannot control, we do have some control over the human element, especially our own.  With this in mind, it is the church that stands out as, perhaps, the world’s best hope for creating respect and caring between human beings on this planet.

But, if the church is to stand out as this beacon of hope, it needs to be different.  The world already has plenty of hate, bigotry, prejudice, envy, jealousy and cruelty, it doesn’t need any help in this area from the church.  But, what if the church is no different from the rest of the world?

The real question here is “Is the church changing the world, or is the world changing the church?”

Now, let’s be clear – Jesus Christ will always have His church.  There will be those how hold true regardless of the times or circumstances.  But, my question is, “Shouldn’t there be more in this category?”

If the church takes on the attributes of the world, then how is the sinner going to tell the difference?  Or put another way – if the church is no different from the world, why would the sinner look to the church for help or direction?

So, what makes the church different?  Aside from the fact that the true church of Jesus Christ is led by Him, there are things that should set the church apart from the world, and they are outlined in what is called the “Beatitudes”.  The beatitudes form the basis for what is commonly called Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount.  They are a set of directives, guidelines, and commands that should guide each Christian, and by implication, the church itself.

Will following the beatitudes make the church different?  I should say it will.  For many of the beatitudes go against human nature, and destroy the concepts behind selfishness, jealousy, envy, bigotry, hatred, and other vices.  In fact, the beatitudes are what one might call “revolutionary” in concept.  They do not propose small changes, but radical shifts in thinking and attitude.    The beatitudes are so powerful that if one embraces them and structures their life around them, it becomes impossible to not change the world.

Is it possible that the church of the 21st century needs a refresher course in the beatitudes?  This author thinks that may be a start….

One Response to “The World’s Best Hope”

  1. Barbara McGuire Says:

    And I think this author is right! 100% true! The Lord has given us the answer in His Word. Wish we would all heed it more! Great blog. Blessings….

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