What Are We Doing?
The last year or so has been tough, huh? If you're in college, you had to learn an entirely new way to navigate what school would look like. If you're already in the workforce, you're finding how to navigate paying bills while getting paid with limited hours due to Covid. Families can't be together, our churches have so many new rules about being in their spaces. Divisions, loneliness, and the mental health issues you may have thought were under control are now very present and very real with limited ways to get the help you need. Who knew our generation would experience the turmoil the previous generation worked so hard to keep at bay? When 2020 ended we hoped the dawn of the morning in 2021 would bring with it fresh hope. However, we aren't even seven days into the new year and once again we have no idea what will become of us while our nation's capitol rages with unknowns and fear inducing recklessness.
The question must now be raised to Christian millennials and Gen Z'ers: What are we doing? What are we doing with the hope we've been given? What are we doing to offer the light of Jesus in the midst of this darkness? What are we doing with the time we've been given this year? What are we doing with the salvation gifted to us?
As God's children, we must "in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect" (1 Peter 3:15 ESV). Often times we think this "being prepared to make a defense" has something to do with knowledge. But, if you continue reading, the emphatic command given isn't about some puffed up knowledge that is given solely to the clergy or pastors of our churches. No, if you are a Christian you must be prepared to defend the HOPE that is in you. The heart cannot love what the mind does not know, however hope has to do with the connection between the mind and heart. Hope is what bridges the 18" gap between what you know and what you love or believe. Hope is not something to be peddled or sold cheaply. G.K. Chesterton once said, "Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all... As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength". The hope given to you by Christ was born out of desperation and hopelessness. Before Christ made us alive in him, we were desperately hopeless. When we are in Christ, the hope we find should be defended and extended to those without it. Right now we need it. What are we doing?
Maybe you're not sure about this hope? Maybe the anxiety, fear, shame, guilt, depression is so thick like a fog over your eyes that you can see past it through to the hope. I will tell you, the best way hope is shared, known, felt, seen, enjoyed and believed is in community. Are you ready to answer the question "what are we doing?" Are you ready to go the next step in defending the hope you have been given? Or maybe you're looking for hope. Maybe you've been searching, but every place you've looked has been another wall or another door slammed in your face. Come join us. Come join this band of misfits who have hope coursing through their spiritual veins and we're ready to show you how hope can radically change your life. Our discipleship groups are starting back up and we are ready to dive deep with you. So, come. Bring your doubts, fears, unknowns and even your hopelessness. We are ready to answer the question with you: WHAT ARE WE DOING?