The Real Hope of the World

“…and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

— Philippians 2:11

Times do change don’t they? 100 years ago the voices of the apostles of human perfectibility were heard throughout the land, loud and clear. Millions of Americans got up in the morning and stood before their windows and recited ten times, “Every day, in every way, we’re getting better, and better, and better.” And so, this philosophy was rampant in America.

But times do change, don’t they? It was about the same time that a British lord stood up in Parliament and declared, “Gentlemen, we are about to usher in the Golden Age.” And then it came—the Argonne, the Marne, Flanders Field, where blood was mingled with mud, and the apocalyptic horseman on the pale horse rode across the continent of Europe and left a carnage in his wake. But still the voices of some continued, “Every day we’re getting better and better,” for this was a war to end all wars, and then, Pearl Harbor, Dunkirk, and D-Day, the Bataan death march, Hiroshima—and the voices grew weaker, “Every day, in every way, we’re getting…”

Today wars continue, though not worldwide. How wrong they were—the Golden Years didn’t come, the bloody years came. Now, even some psychiatrists have come to realize that man is far from perfectible. But it is in just such darkness as this, in just such a black night as this, that we must see that first star that shone over Bethlehem. Jesus is the real hope of the world.

Lord, give me strength for today to follow after You and Your ways in a world that is largely following after the evil one. We praise You that one day all mankind will bow down before You…