Romans 15:13 “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

Viktor Frankl is a difficult man to ignore.  As a Holocaust survivor who has written extensively about his experiences in Nazi concentration camps, his perspective is unique and compelling.  Though written from a largely secular perspective, his works challenge the thinking of today’s American Christians.

One such area of challenge comes in the form of our hopefulness about the future.  Frankl, echoing the thoughts of others who have endured long times of captivity, reminds us that “the prisoner who had lost faith in the future – his future – was doomed.”

The level of our hope about the future corresponds directly to the state of our future.  Hopefulness or hopelessness become self-fulfilling prophecies.

Christians should be the last ones to lose hope, regardless of our personal conditions or the conditions of our land.  Christmas poignantly reminds us that our hope is tied to a Saviour who was not limited by the humble earthly conditions evident at His birth.  Christmas reminds us that we serve a God of hope, and through His power we may abound in hope.  Regardless of our earthly conditions, we have a source of hope that transcends our conditions.

PLEASE PRAY THAT AMERICAN CHRISTIANS WOULD EMBRACE A UNIQUE HOPEFULNESS STEMMING FROM THE GOD OF HOPE.  The moment we lose a perspective of hopefulness, then our testimonies are doomed and the cause of Christ in America suffers.