Bonus Content from June 2nd

Isaiah 9:8-10:4
 
Though no questions were texted in after this sermon, I was asked one question several times in person:
 
So are you saying it is wrong to be an optimist?
 
Short answer: no, not necessarily. Being blindly optimistic (assuming the best without any reason to do so) is a problem, and that’s what I tried to highlight in the sermon. However, sometimes the brown spot on the pants is just mud; sometimes the decrease in attendance is just pruning; sometimes she didn’t text back because she was busy. So we shouldn’t be suspicious of every positive evaluation of every situation.
 
Indeed, there is good reason for Christians to be optimists when the longest view is considered. When we open to the last two chapters of the Bible and see how this story ends, we have cause for great hope! It will work out for good for us in the end. When all is said and done, our most optimistic thoughts won’t have compared to our final reality.
 
That said, Isaiah 9:8-10:4 reminded us that there is a time in which glib optimism is unfounded, and it is exactly the opposite of what God wants us to be feeling. In those times, we do better to repent and humbly seek Him than to try to find a silver lining or a light at the end of the tunnel.