Is there any hope for the world?

Is there any hope for the world?

We face a national crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates within the US have risen nearly 30 percent since 1999. Researchers have found that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known diagnosed mental health condition at the time of death.

In March of 2018, Netflix released the second season of the show 13 Reasons Why. The producers of this show intended for the content to start conversations about relevant topics students face everyday. However, while the series was praised for raising awareness of traumas facing teens, including suicide, sexual assault, substance abuse, and bullying, 13 Reasons Why also faced criticism from mental health advocates for “glorifying” suicide and for triggering a surge in online searches. Through this show’s popularity, we see all the more that students are lost and in need of someone to guide them to an understanding of why the world around them is so broken.

Students need to know that there is hope for them, this world is not unredeemed. What is right, just, and true will win.

Jesus restores hope in the midst of this confusion (Hebrews 11:1). As your students find themselves in conversations at lunch or during football games, they can enter into conversations with a confident curiosity. As we have discussed previously, Summit encourages students to engage in culture with questions. We encourage students to step into conversations, not pull away. We encourage you to do the same with your students.

We live in a world full of false hope, a world that lives for the moment. But in Jesus, there is hope for both now and the future. We live in a world in which Jesus has borne the ultimate sacrifice on the cross. This reality gives us hope. Truth inspires us to instill hope in others and equip students to find biblical answers in a world full of false ideas.

Christian Worldview Key

When students see that God is who he says he is and that what is right, just, and true will win, they begin to have hope for the world around them. Here are four things students can do right now to restore hope:

  • Face reality head on. God calls us to be ambassadors for Christ. This task is dark and lonely at times. But when students, in community, talk openly about the realities they are facing, they are able to see hard realities as God sees them. Encourage your students to pray and ask the Lord to see the world through his lens.
  • Bring work gloves. Tackle these realities with real discussions that cause students to think and be challenged. Working through broken realities that exist at home, school, or within friendships takes deep digging. Don’t be afraid to ask your students hard questions and take time to work through the answers with truth and hope found in the gospel.
  • Choose to give life. The more you work with students, the more you will realize the lies they believe. Use every opportunity you have to speak truth over them and destroy the enemy’s ploys to kill, steal, and destroy their joy.

Message for Students

The world can be a dark and terrifying place. Slavery, torture, and death are real. Standing for truth and fighting against evil and injustice seem to get us nowhere. But that’s only half the story. Hope is recruiting people who are willing to take action. This includes you.

Portions of this section come from chapters 11 & 12 of The Secret Battle of Ideas about God (Colorado, David C. Cook, 2017) written by Jeff Myers.