Can we stand for truth without becoming jaded?
G.K. Chesterton, in his 1908 book Orthodoxy, describes how when he was a boy, many told him that his ideals would eventually “break up like clouds” and that he’d be forced to put his real faith in simple, practical politics. He writes:
“What has really happened is exactly the opposite. … I have not lost my ideals in the least; my faith in fundamentals is exactly what it always was. What I have lost is my old childlike faith in practical politics. “
Tongue in cheek as always, Chesterton isn’t arguing that politics don’t matter. They do. But far too many build their life on the weak foundation of an ever-changing political landscape. It’s a recipe for burnout, anger, and disillusionment.
Christian hope is secure and makes us better neighbors, parents, spouses, and citizens. The unchanging values and methods of Christ’s kingdom give us the strength we need to go on even in the face of changing situations.
We’ll have to take unpopular stands in our lifetimes, but placing our hope in Christ is the opposite of being naive or impractical. It’s the only sure foundation there is.
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