I found this note I had written to myself in 1987. I think it still applies, don’t you?
We live in extremely perilous times. Reading the daily newspaper gives the impression that there is little hope in this world.
We have wars in many parts of the world and the threat of the ultimate war that would wipe out all of mankind. The continent of Africa is virtually on fire with war, rebellion and famine from top to bottom, East to West. We have new and incurable diseases diseases. Treason is common place in our country. Drugs are taking a heavy toll in all segments of our society. Government takes beating after beating with one scandal after another. We hear that the earth is warming, and that our sea shores will rise and devastate costal cities. Earthquakes are said to be more frequent in recent years than ever before. We are told over and over again of our ancestry being an accidental worm from some primordial ooze. Commitment in the form of long lasting marriage with love seems less common than ever before.
What is the purpose of the local Christian Church in the midst of all of this hopelessness? To provide a haven of refuge. A place where hope is not dead, but alive with the living God. Jesus said, “I have come to give you life”. It is this hope, the knowledge that God loves us that is the primary purpose of the Church; to proclaim in word and deed that hope is in the Lord God, and apart from Him, there is no hope.
Don Johnson 2-27-1987