Victory and Hope

       If there is anything this world needs more of now, it is hope. That is why we need Easter more than ever. The older I get, the more I realize that it is easy for me to become cynical about life. A cynic tends to doubt the sincerity and good intentions of others. He or she becomes distrustful of human nature and pessimistic about the future.
       A part of the problem is that I have seen many changes in this country during my lifetime and many of them have been for the worse. I grew up in the forties and fifties. As a young adult in the sixties, I saw America‚Äôs values go down the tubes. Our society quickly descended into a cesspool of sexual promiscuity, drug abuse, abortion on demand, legalized gambling, rampant blasphemy and a flood of pornography. The moral decline has continued from that point with few interruptions.
       In spite of that, however, I do not despair because we serve a risen Savior. In a world full of empty promises, we have resurrection power. We can rise above this mess on a daily basis and will ultimately be lifted out of this veil of tears. Hearts are still touched and lives are still being changed by the message of hope Christ has given us. How grateful we should be for our risen Savior! He has given us victory both for time and eternity.