Hope and Change by Dr. Will Langford

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Over the past few years the frequency and intensity of attacks on religion has certainly increased. Twenty years ago I would have never dreamed that I would have lived to see the day when Christians in America would be thought by many to be extremists who are a threat to our national harmony. But that is exactly the position in which we find ourselves today.

The irony is that the national spirit of unity was fine in a time when the teachings of the scripture were respected and applied. The Bible teaches us to respect life, to respect our neighbors, and to sacrifice for those who legitimately cannot help themselves. The Bible teaches that we are to care for the widows and the orphans and to give a voice to those in society who have no voice.

For just a moment, think about the positive impact of Christianity in our world. The teachings of Christ have inspired men and women throughout the years to give of themselves for the benefit of others. The concept of adoption can be traced back to the early days of Christianity. Many Christians would bring children who had been abandoned into their homes and raise them as their own. The development  of hospitals can also be credited to those early followers of Christ. It was Christians who reached out to the lepers and provided care for them when everyone else in society turned their backs on them. The city in which I grew up (which is over one million people) would only have one hospital today if you took away all the hospitals established by Christian organizations. That wouldn’t be nearly enough to take care of the physical needs of that city. Also, in regards to education, Christians founded many of the greatest institutions of higher learning like Harvard, and Princeton. Finally, what about disaster relief efforts? In the aftermath of 911 & Hurricane Katrina you could see Christian groups from all over the country giving of their time, efforts and resources to help those whose lives had been shattered.  And Christians have not only done that domestically but were also some of the first to go and help in Indonesia and Japan following the Tsunamis.

These are just a few examples of the positive impact that Christianity has had on our world. But rest assured that in Chesapeake this week Christians are quietly investing in the lives of those who are hurting, need love, care and support. Right here in Chesapeake there are Christians who are caring for hurting families, single parents, the widows and orphans, the sick & needy, the homeless and those who are wrestling with addictions. The teaching of Christ compels Christians to meet others at the darkest point of their lives and to shine Christ’s love.

When a person stops and objectively looks at the history of America, you cannot help but conclude that Christians have had a positive impact. It is my hope that the church will be diligent in living out the teachings of Christ. Because when people see and experience the love and power of Christ they will then know the true source of HOPE and CHANGE.

Will Langford

Dr. Will Langford is Pastor of Great Bridge Baptist Church. He is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and
a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

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2 Responses to Hope and Change by Dr. Will Langford

  1. Robert (Robin) W. Tull Jr. Reply

    November 1, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    True Hope and Change compels us to help those who are unable to help themselves. As Christians, that is what we are called to do. Very well written Pastor. Thank you and God Bless. Robin

  2. Matt Lewis Reply

    November 4, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Well said, Pastor Will!

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