Hope makes a great little political slogan. Audacious hope, the promise of hope, the return of hope all sound very, well, hopeful. Yet, if you are putting your hope in political leaders past or present you are putting your hope in the wrong place. Pragmatism is a better approach to politics. We wish that our spiritual, political, and military leaders have hope. However, I think hope is reserved for the one who can actually give me hope. God does that through faith.
Optimism is not hope either. Realism can shake the optimism right out of you at times. Yet, hope can’t be taken away. St. Paul wrote in Romans 15:13, May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. That is truly an audacious statement. God plants hope in the human heart.
We can see the brokenness of the world around us. We may speculate with fear and trembling what crazy leaders might do next. Yet, we know that faith and love from God can change the human heart. So get on your knees with hope and pray to the giver of hope.