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Insights & Opinions | November 8, 2012

High hopes


Rest assured, the future is in God's hands

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Kirk Cameron, television and film actor and producer, has high hopes for his six children, ages 9 through 15. Cameron, known for his memorable roles in ABC's Growing Pains, said on Saturday that "change doesn't begin at the White House, it begins in my house."

Cameron, keynote speaker at the Alliance Defending Freedom Ambassador Banquet in Scottsdale, Ariz., travels around the country teaching Christians how to share their faith and live out a gospel-centered marriage and family life. He believes that America's national treasure is in her people and her principles. His new documentary Monumental outlines how our founders laid the foundation for the freest, most prosperous nation in history.

But after this week's election outcome, our dashed hopes could tempt us to cry, "the sky is falling, the sky is falling!" The spheres of economics, education, work, the law, the arts, sanctity of life, religious liberty, the church and the family will be affected by President Obama's second term. How do we trust in and praise God when we feel like Chicken Little?

Charles Spurgeon, the 19th century "Prince of Preachers," points us to the answer in Psalm 36:9--"in Your light do we see light." More than 120 years ago, in the Nov. 4 entry in Morning and Evening, Spurgeon wrote, "Only where the Spirit has touched the eye with eye-salve, quickened the heart with divine life, and educated the soul to heavenly taste, only there is He understood." How timely.

Life goes on. Studies continue, exams loom on the horizon, and holiday cheer is just around the corner. Instead of watching the sky, what's right in front of us demands our attention. Living out a gospel-centered life in the daily nitty gritty glorifies God and testifies to those around us that our trust isn't in the White House.

Change begins in my house, or rather, in my heart. May God rent the veil of discouragement that obscures our view of the cross, because Christ is our high hope.