For many, the future has begun to look bleak.

We see this when we hear things like, “We used to be a Christian country.” Or when we see the growing support of gay marriage.

This is especially painful if you’re old enough to remember when things were different.

But consider for a moment what is really at risk.

It’s not the life we’ve created for ourselves. It’s not a legal system that backs Christian values. It’s not even our lives.

Instead, the risk is our influence.

When we look at the world as an enemy encroaching, we develop an us vs them mentality. We circle the wagon. We protect what’s ours, and we fight to keep them out.

From the Proverbs:

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand” (19:21).

And from Paul, talking about hope:

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good” (Romans 8:28).

Today, people are confused, struggling, and hungry.

I cannot think of a better time to tell them about the solution.

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