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YES – I’m not an Optimist!

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38,39
      The apostle Paul who penned these words was fully “persuaded” about the love of God in Christ Jesus, and so am I.  There are times that people ask why I’m always smiling.  “You must be a positive person – an optimist.”  In which I reply, “No – I am a Christian.  A Christian goes far beyond an optimist.”
      It is obvious that our world is falling apart.  Murders, wars, health-care cost and gas prices are out of sight while politicians fight.  Advances in technology that make life easier have made life more hectic.  As far as “free speech,” the New Age Gestapo and the P.C. Police are around every corner squashing it.  This is definitely not Jimmy Stewart’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” that we are living in.
      We are flooded with opinions about how to deal with societal depression and how to fix our problems.  There are self-help books and seminars about how to reach for a “higher life,” a “deeper life,” or a “meaningful life.”  They can’t decide which life to sell, but they sell them anyway.   Terms like optimist, realist, or idealist are used to convey positive thinking in a pessimistic world.  Obviously there is no power in negative thinking, but the power of positive thinking relating to this world is an uncertain hope – a “hope so” hope.  Where as the Christian has a “know so” hope grounded on the sure foundation of God’s promises.  That is a bright eternal hope, which will never fade away because it looks forward with certainty.  It will make you smile knowing that you have the “…hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began.” (Titus 1:2).  The Christian hope is in the Sovereign God who created us, saved us, and who is working out “all things” for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
      Christian stay informed and pray, but while the “talking-heads” talk, the politician’s fight, and the P.C. Police hand out their “tolerance tickets,” just be “persuaded” that no power shall be able to separate you from the love of God.  Even though we still have to deal with the mess of life, deal with it by talking with Christ in your heart and a smile of grace upon your face.  A Christian is far beyond an optimist, simply because a Christian trusts in God’s promises.  “Yes, I’m not an optimist – I’m a Christian!”  An optimist is too pessimistic and short sighted.  Lift up your eyes child of God and rejoice – YOU are a Christian!  –  (Published in the Marshall County Tribune)
David C. Hale, pastor
New Life Community Church
1001 Easy Street
Lewisburg, TN 37091
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