Feb '21

Radical Hope

When your hope in the systems of this world grows weary, remember the faithfulness of God. Our hope is not in carnal things. Our hope is in Jesus.

"It's been a long time coming, but I know a change is gon' come."

This song, written and sung by the incomparable Sam Cooke was released in 1964, as blacks in America were embroiled in a fight for equality and justice. Our people were experiencing the full weight of state violence, domestic terrorism, and sanctioned segregation. How could Cooke write these words, or even sing them with such conviction? Progress was slow. Blacks in America were suffering. Dr. King's dream seemed to be deferred.

Yet, although justice proved elusive, and the American dream looked more like a nightmare, our ancestors and elders continued to believe. They believed that a change was going to come. They had hope. Neither Bull Connor's dogs, nor the violent beating of the fire hoses could rob them of their most prized possession: their hope. They believed that their protests would yield results. It was hope, that pushed them to keep on walking, keep on talking, and marching on to freedom land.


To have hope, is to maintain a reasoned expectation. The greatest threat to our hope, is time. Waiting is hard. When you're impatient like me, waiting can be really hard. It's hard continuing to hope for liberation when you continue to see new instances of injustice on a weekly basis. It's not easy to believe that better is possible when you see the pervasive pain and systemic oppression that dominates our communities. Maybe the seemingly unending COVID-19 pandemic has drained you of your hope in embracing your friends and loved ones again.

I get it.

But here's the thing: Our hope isn't in the idea of something happening. Our hope isn't in our efforts. Our hope is in a person.

When your hope is in Jesus, you always have a reason to believe.

Psalm 27:13 says, "I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord, in the land of the living."

When your hope in the systems of this world grows weary, remember the faithfulness of God. Our hope is not in carnal things, but rather, our hope is in Jesus. So, be encouraged family. We are living in difficult times, and there are many reasons to give up. I want to encourage you, to remain confident in our Savior. Keep marching, loving, working, serving, protesting, and worshipping. May hope forever fuel your fire.

Yes, it's been a long time coming, but I still choose to believe God.

Pastor Corey


Hide yourself in God, so when a man wants to find you he will have to go there first.

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