Got Hope?

Dear Dreamers,

Recent political elections have revealed a sad commentary on the political disengagement among younger adults.

What is the reason for the political apathy of twenty-something voters?

I think they are suffering from a shortage of hope. Voting is not just a responsibility or a sign of your political commitment. It’s also a sign of hope. If you don’t have hope for a better tomorrow, a better world, a better leader, then why vote?

Or, in the context of the story of Joseph in Genesis (Genesis chapters 37-50) perhaps young people suffer from a shortage of dreams. Engagement, action, struggle are all by-products of hope, which is itself a by-product of a dream.

The intention of Democrats and Republicans in Washington, DC right now is tricky to discern at best. One hopes they have the best welfare of the American people in mind. What one fears is that both sides of the political battle are too consumed with party victory and doing harm to the opponent. The outcome is sure to test the political trust of young and old alike.

Let us pray that the truth God placed in Joseph will persevere in the end. “Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people , as God is doing today.” (Genesis 50:20)

Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen

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