1 Peter 3:15 Has long been one of my favorite Bible verses: “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” (ESV)
This political season is anything but gentle and respectful. Passions are hot and loud. Everybody wants to ‘win’. Most people will agree that ‘something’ is wrong with our nation, but the ‘something’ that needs changed is not easily agreed upon. So many are hoping that this next election will bring about the changes that they are so passionate to see. It’s caused me to stop and wonder where we have placed our hope for the future.
I am reminded that only Jesus offers true hope for change, and a hope that satisfies our deepest longing. When our hopes are so strongly rooted in anything, or anyone, other than Jesus, we will never be fully satisfied, as individuals, and as a nation. Why would we hope in a person or system that seems to reward arrogance and falsehood? We hope in the One who came to find the lost, to serve, and to lay down His life in love. This is the only hope that does not disappoint.
The telling of a story remains one of the most powerful ways to convey a message. Jesus told many stories to communicate deeper spiritual truths and concepts. His stories pointed the way to find hope in His Kingdom. So while our nation is in such a fevered pitch over politics and social issues, how can you weave the message of Jesus’ hope into your writing? Not just your books, but also in your blogging, podcasts and YouTube videos?
Right now you have readers who need reminded that Jesus offers hope for financial needs; hope for healing in broken and damaged relationships; and hope to be set free from fear and worry. People need to know there is hope in Jesus for freedom from the shame of past failure; strength to get up in the morning and face the day; hope to get through depression and PTSD; hope when a job is lost; hope in the midst of sorrow. Hope that His grace is sufficient.
Jesus told the rich young ruler to leave his riches, because that’s where his hope for this life was rooted. The message of true hope is to let go of things in the here-and-now, and with our whole heart follow the Risen One. We do not hope in the political system of our nation.
When you sit down to work on your current WIP, write a blog post, a Facebook update or tweet, point the way to True Hope. The written word has power. Use that power to steer the reader away from the temporary, and point them to the eternal. You can do that by not even addressing politics, or social issues. I’m not saying we totally divorce ourselves from the political process. If anything, as Christians, we should be as fully engaged as the rest of the nation. But just remember that it’s our hope in Heaven that should consume us, and if the election doesn’t go your way, our hope in Jesus will sustain us. And this is the hope that we can write about.
Let the words that you write reflect the hope that you’ve found in Jesus Christ. Let your words convey Heaven’s truth, beauty, wonder and mercy. Show the reader the reason for the hope that lies within you, but do it with gentleness and respect. You may be reaching someone who has never considered that there is an eternal source of hope that will sustain them and never disappoint. Let true hope grow where it’s most needed.