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People Need Hope

Submitted by James Higginbotham on December 17, 2008 – 5:58 am3 Comments

I have to confess something to you. I hope you don’t mind. It is awful. Terrible, actually.

I am a parent and I no longer listen to the Focus on the Family radio show.

I know. I’m a horrible parent and Christian. But please – hear me out first.

You see, I came to Christ a little over 10 years ago. At that time, AM radio was still the best way to obtain Christian programming. Since then, podcasts have emerged and become more like Tivo for the radio – on demand radio shows. I’m no longer required to listen at a specific time should I have to take a conference call for work during the time slot allocated to a radio show.

But there is more to it than that. The more I kept listening, the more I started to realize that I wasn’t hearing discussions on hope and making things better. All I heard was what is wrong with the world – whining and nagging and everything I’m not doing today that I should be. I understand that there are many wrongs that must be righted and everything can’t be roses, but think about the missed opportunities. Parents are already aware of the wrongs in the world. They battle it everyday. What they need is hope and help, not nagging and more things to do in their already busy lives.

I think it is time to provide hope to families. We’ve been talking about leading people to a cause by creating big hairy audacious goals. I think today, more than ever, we need you to lead us. We need the next generation of leaders that can provide hope for families, not whining. It is way past time.

Will you lead families that are in need of hope to Christ?

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  • Jayne says:

    Fabulous insight…. calling people to step towards greater things, greater parenting, greater hope that leads to Christ. That is our work in the world. Not condemnation.

    Romans 8

  • djm says:

    well said…this world really needs some good news and we’re the ones who have it

  • Kathy Guy says:

    You caught my attention! I love that you’re no longer listening to Focus on the Family. Really. I know that they offer good news, but they offer enough other religiosity junk mixed in with it that it is really confusing to people. I’m a counselor and I have recently had at least a half dozen people overwhelmed in shame, newer Christians,asking me, “I know I’m a terrible person because…” When I ask about the understanding that got them to this point, I hear, “I heard on Focus on the Family that …” Good grief…thanks for the courage to speak it.