Persistence fueled by hope and conviction

Adapted from an article published in The Christian Science Monitor, May 8, 2017.

Faced with government corruption today, we may question how we can sustain hope for progress. As we look for answers, many find words of encouragement in the Bible, which speaks of having hope in God when confronting life’s challenges: “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God” (Psalms 42:11).

Strong support for this hope can be found in what we learn from the perfect example of Christ Jesus, who understood that the only kingdom and true government is God’s, and that God is the only true power in the universe (see Matthew 6:9–13). He demonstrated through his healing works that corruption, in government or elsewhere, is based on the perception that we live in a deteriorating, material world, and that this view is corrected through an understanding of spiritual reality, which is grounded in God, who is Spirit.

June 26, 2017

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