Malcom Muggeridge in The End of Christendom wrote where our true hope can be found:
Let us then… rejoice that we see around us at every hand the decay of the institutions and instruments of power, see intimations of empires falling to pieces, money in total disarray, dictators and parliamentarians alike nonplussed by the confusion and conflicts which encompass them. For it is precisely when every earthly hope has been explored and found wanting, when every possibility of help from earthly sources has been sought and is not forthcoming, when every recourse this world offers, moral as well as material, has been explored to no effect, when in the shivering cold the last faggot has been thrown on the fire and in the gathering darkness every glimmer of light has finally flickered out, it’s then that Christ’s hand reaches out, sure and firm. Then Christ’s words bring their inexpressible comfort, then His light shines brightest, abolishing the darkness forever. So finding in everything only deception and nothingness, the soul is constrained to have recourse to God Himself and to rest content with Him.
This is so true. I see this so often with kids who enter detention. They’ve hit rock bottom. They’ve tried what they thought would “work” for them and it failed. It is then that some people are ready to turn to Christ. He is the One with whom we can find true contentment. Everything else fades or fails.
Contentment isn’t found in a political party or in winning an election. It doesn’t come from wealth. It doesn’t come from power. It can only be found in Christ, for He is our one Hope.
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