The longer I look at the Bible, I am reminded that the Kingdom of God is an alternative to the Kingdom of the World. The people of God are called to be alternatives to the brokenness, hopelessness, and oppression that we will see around us.
In the first book of Thessalonians, Paul reminds us that we do not grieve without hope. People pass away, things pass away, opportunities pass away, but we do not grieve without hope. In the troubled times that we live in, we do not have to grieve without hope. We live in the hope that Paul calls us into that the sufferings of this life bring a greater glory.
In times of great suffering that we see around us, in times of increasing poverty, we are to be an alternative to the emptiness that we see around us, we are a people who represent a greater glory. We gnash our teeth, and endure pain and trials like everyone else, but we hold to the peace that this is not all empty and this is not meaningless. We can serve the broke, the hopeless, and the oppressed, and be the voice that doesn’t give into the cynicism, the anger, and the defeat.