HOPE and Change

HOPE and Change

Featured in the September, 2011 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News

Only the real Christian has real hope because his hope is “in the Lord” (Psalm 31:24).

In the Bible, hope is not merely a wish, a dream or a fantasy, but the solid confidence that a believer has a guaranteed future because of God’s sure promises. Hope in people, in science, in education, in government will be ultimately disappointed. Hope that is in the Lord is “an anchor of the soul” (Hebrews 6:18, 19). Hope is mentioned in the Bible 181 times. Every true Christian is looking for “that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).

Only Christ can bring real change. There are some folk who are so confused that they think the change is going to be in Christianity, rather than in themselves; so, some have attempted to alter the historic Christian faith by adapting it to various “theologies”. Now there’s talk about Catholic theology, Lutheran theology, Reformed theology, Dispensational theology, Liberation theology, Feminist theology, Replacement theology, Black theology! What happened to Biblical theology?

Changing Christianity is not a valid substitute for individual change. Now, we have mega churches and mini Christians. Entertainment has been substituted for worship. The midweek prayer meeting has vanished and evening services disappeared with a shameful disregard for the Lord’s Day. Baptism has become ‘getting wet and staying worldly’.

The real change that is needed is not in society, government or Christianity.

The only significant change is the individual being changed. The Scripture says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (II Corinthians 5:17).

People who look to the Lord for hope will desire to have Christ change their lives.