Our theology and our experience of history not only permit us to expect the worst but require us to. The tendency of history like nature points itself towards cruelty and dissolution. That is precisely why there’s room and need for what the apostle Paul calls hope. Christians need to live in hope because if we could simply expect the best, or even a steady drift towards the better then hope would be meaningless. Romans 15: 3For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “THE REPROACHES OF THOSE WHO REPROACHED YOU FELL ON ME.”4For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus,…
About The Author
Rev. Bernhard Seter has been a Pastor in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod for over 42 years. He served on the Board of LCMS World Relief and Human Care for ten years and is now the Chairman of the Board of International Missions. He has been privileged to travel around the world and see the churches' mercy work in action. He is convinced it is not only what we are "compelled" to do because of Christ; it is what we have been baptized for. Christ's love compels us, constrains us, and sends us forth.
September 9, 2011
April 30, 2014