That’s all you have to say.
And now that I’ve said it, let me finish. This isn’t a political blog, because I’m really not very political, but there is no escaping the fiery division Trump has ignited in America.
No escaping his tweets, either. Just after Christmas he shared with his millions of followers:
The world was gloomy before I won – there was no hope. Now the market is up nearly 10% and Christmas spending is over a trillion dollars!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2016
Where to even start… First of all, for the record, the world has been “gloomy” ever since the first lie ever spoken led Adam and Eve to their first act of disobedience. And with shootings in airports, refugee children in freezing weather conditions, and teenagers brutalizing a disabled man, it’s not any less gloomy now.
But that’s another float for another parade.
There’s no question that the world of politics is frenetically charged with expectations, and, incidentally, “hope” does mean “a person or thing in which expectations are centered.” Supporters and protestors on all sides of the 2016 presidential race had expectations, just like every political event. We all still have expectations.
But if Trump is anything like the last forty-four presidents we’ve had, many of our expectations will never be met. Political leaders will disagree, there will be complicated situations with hard decisions, and people in office will change their minds sometimes. Dare I say it? America won’t be as great as we’ve been promised.
But followers of Jesus will always, always, always have hope. No matter who lives on Madison Avenue. No matter what happens in the Middle East. No matter how high the security risk level.
Because hope is only as strong as Who you place it in.
If our hope rises and falls based on slips of paper with candidates’ names or the choices of those candidates, we have a lousy hope. Hope has nothing to do with people. And it doesn’t have any more or less footing depending on the situation we’re in, because no matter what that situation is, His promises still stand.
He is still in control. He is still holding us in His hands, with all our problems and worries and concerns.
And nothing will ever change that. Ever.
Just listen to how strongly He assures us that we can trust Him with our hope:
“So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf…” (Hebrews 6:17-20).
Nothing gloomy about that.