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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

My Hope is in Jesus Christ, not in politicians of any sort nor in circumstances. Genghis Khan could have won this election and I would still be cheerfully thinking, “..be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you…”

So, I’m feeling a bit peevish here because Michelle Obama recently said, “See, now, we’re all feeling what not having hope feels like.”

President elect Trump responded rather graciously and said, “I actually think she made that statement not meaning it the way it came out.. “

Than he proceeded to state, “We have tremendous hope, and we have tremendous promise and tremendous potential. And beyond hope, we have such potential. This country has such potential. You watch, it’s going to be so special. Things are going to happen like you haven’t seen happen in many many decades. This is truly an exciting time to be alive. The script is not yet written.” 

That is what leadership looks like.

I empathize with Michelle Obama because all in good humor here, I am prone to panic and despair myself, often with a melodramatic flair involving pirates. Here be dragons….abandon hope all ye who enter.  Shiver me timbers, we’re doomed.

One of my favorite scenes in a long forgotten movie has a women screaming, “we’re all going to die!” And the guy leading them all over the edge of cliff starts screaming “yes, we’re all going to die!”

That’s ridiculously funny in a movie, but in reality, leaders lead. That generally means you rally the troops, you set the tone, and you remind them to set their eyes on hope. You don’t have to lie to anybody when it feels as if your whole world is circling the drain, but carrying on about how we are all doomed and declaring that hope has now left the building, is simply wrong. We have to lift one another up.

Politics is one thing, you expect the world to have gone a bit mad  when it comes to politics, but just the same, I’m going to have to demand that the fear mongering and hysterics stop immediately. People are starting to remind me of that women in that movie long ago, shrieking hysterically, “we’re all going to die!”

Yes, yes we are. We’re all going to die at some point, but not even that can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

jack

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