Monday, July 20, 2015

Ways to Not Lose Hope As a Christian in A Minority Culture (Part 1)

This is a seven part series that was originally given as one meditation for a vespers service at Central Christian Church in Grand Rapids Michigan.  In my opinion, people who are living their lives with the Bible as their authority are in a minority in our country.

I took a FB test recently that told me I was a pessimist.  While I have never been a sugar plums and puppies kind of person, I have been a half full girl, not a half empty one.

I have so changed since 9-11.  Since I do not believe our country will be improving any time in the near future, am I doomed to be a pessimist?  NO!  I can pray for an attitude adjustment and I can tell myself the TRUTH, the way that I always have when times have gotten tough in my life.

Truth One:  I need to remember that God is in control. 

How did Joseph respond when his brothers threw him in a pit, sold him into slavery, when he was falsely accused by Pharaoh's wife, when he was forgotten in prison?  He just continued on with life, believing God and serving others.  Toward the end of his life when his brothers apologized for their wicked deeds, Joseph is overcome with emotion.  He has not held a grudge.  He knows that his being in Egypt at that time in history actually saves his family.  He could confidently respond, "what you meant for evil, God used for good."

God has His purposes.  


  1. this is so easy to glean from the Joseph story! Beautiful truth...but I am finding that, when I have great difficulty in some part/time of my life, it's very hard for me to LIVE as though i believe this...even though in my head, I DO.

  2. It is hard for me, too. Look at how I complain about my job! That is why we need the Body. How do people walk the walk consistently without the Body?