Now how 'bout 10 Commandments?
Hmmm does God need a better marketing team? How 'bout a Super Bowl commercial?
"But in your hearts always set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks to give you a reason for the hope that is within you. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
"Hope that is within you". . .hope of what? That's a very good question. Hope that there is something that makes life worth living. Hope that there is someone out there that cares for me. Hope that I can be loved even at my worst. When I look at the 10 Commandments I see the worst parts about me, I know I haven't murdered, but I have lied, probably stolen (I won't lie.) So that makes me a liar & a thief and that's only 3 of 10 commandments. Is there any hope for me? Oh but I'm a good person, but deep down I don't think so. In fact, deep down, I wonder if anyone could really ever love me if they really knew me? But I have hope in a God who isn't afraid to look at me-all of me-he's not turned off by my ugly parts, in fact he loves me so much that he took those ugly parts upon him. Making me clean, pure, not needing to be separated from Him because I was a thief or a liar or covered in guilt & shame.
I have hope that there will be an end to the pain, a restoration of wholeness.
I have hope that I have a purpose in this world. A true reason to live.
I have hope of comfort when our broken world hurts beyond belief.
I have hope that God can use all the hurts for something beautiful. He doesn't trivialize my problems with answers or empty explanations. But he can touch the hurt, relieve it, even heal it.
I have hope that anyone can share in this beautiful gift.