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"Hope Still Lives Here"
It is easy to make comparisons between the current state of our society and the ongoing narrative of Christianity being pushed out of the public square. Philippines is always identified as the only Christian nation is Asia but when you look at the news, you can see that corruption is still rampant. You can also see that immorality is seen in all kinds of media, plus divorce and same sex marriages are now being considered by some people in the government. The future looks grim and seemingly hopeless (if it were to keep playing out the same way) and you might wonder why are we still called the only Christian nation in Asia.
It is essential we let the Filipino community know that there is a large global remnant of Jesus followers, dating back from the first disciples. When Jesus commanded them to make disciples of all nations, that's exactly what has happened and what is still currently happening. The Gospel has been spread all around the world, and as we see conversions happening left and right, we can see that there is hope especially for our country.
Being a Jesus follower may push us to the edge, but we don’t have to be pushed out. Sure we may be in unusual and unique situations, feeling penned in by pressures to conform. Sure the costs associated with faith may rise, but this should not stop us from believing, sharing and declaring that hope is well and truly alive.
In fact, our unwavering trust in Jesus, despite odds and opposition will itself declare loudly to a hopeless world that “Hope Still Lives Here!”
John 8:12, reminds us that when we walk in the light of Jesus, that we ourselves will carry that life-giving light (the hope that others see). Let’s be beacons of love, truth and safe havens of hospitality. Let’s be the rare smiles, meaningful conversations and long hugs to those who are used to angry faces, shallow conversations and cold shoulders. Let’s continue to live life on mission and do all we can to show the world that hope still lives here, and His name is Jesus!