Ravi Zacharias reveals the one thing that fills him with hope for the future

by Ravi Zacharias

During a university speaking engagement, I was handed a question scribbled on a note card. It read, “The state of humankind as we know it is on a serious downward spiral, and from my perspective, it’s only getting worse. Do you have any hope in the future of humankind and specifically our generation, and if so, why?”

I dare say, the student’s question represents large numbers of young people in the world—they are lost in the shadows of cynicism and fear. Battered by lies masquerading as news and betrayed by false promises of utopias, they seek even a glimmer of hope to guide them on.

I, like the young man from the university, want to believe in hope for the future. But hope, like character, takes years to build—and moments to shatter. Yet hope, also like character, does not live under the tyranny of the immediate. It is built on the conviction that eternal values are unshakable and spring from a heart in tune with the heart of God. That kind of hope is contagious when it spreads from a life transformed by God’s truth, love, and grace. But... but... how do we find the Truth?

I have traveled the globe speaking and listening to many voices for over four decades, and I am utterly convinced that Jesus Christ alone uniquely answers the deepest questions of our hearts and minds. That is why my hope is in knowing and serving Him. Many worldviews offer responses to pain and despair, but the Christian message goes beyond any other answers to our problem. You see, the problem is within. It’s not the environment; it’s the “invironment.” Therein lies our real need. The heart needs to change.

Here’s the reality. Everyone has a worldview. A worldview basically offers answers to four necessary questions: origin, meaning, morality, and destiny. To be true, individual answers must correspond to reality and the sum total of answers must be coherent. But someone might ask, how do we test the answers? The three tests for truth must be applied to any worldview: logical consistency, empirical adequacy, and experiential relevance (reason, evidence, and relevance). When submitted to these tests, Jesus’s message singularly meets the demands of truth. That is why his truth sets us free.

Most importantly, in a relationship with him, He brings unity in diversity within to guide all our thoughts, our hopes, our dreams, and our fears with life’s designed and sacred purpose. That relationship with Jesus is the basis of true hope and genuine change. Not so is the hollow verbiage of political sloganeering. Why the difference? Because this operates from humility of heart to serve God and not from an arrogance of power that plays God. What does that mean for us? It means the intellect, the heart, and the will must be bridged by his love and grace—coherent answers, a transformed heart through Jesus Christ, and the empowerment to live in the fullness of the life He offers. That’s where hope begins, built on eternal truths.

Before the Second World War, when all things looked grim, King George VI spoke to the world on Christmas Day 1939: “I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’ And he replied: ‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.’” After the war, German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer surveyed the ruins and said to Billy Graham, “Outside of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, I know of no other hope for mankind.”

Those words of King George VI and Adenauer are needed even more now. Few things are as dire as a looming war. Nothing is as dark as the grave. Jesus alone knows the way out of that dire darkness. That is the message we must believe, live, and embody. Then our young can mount up with wings as eagles—and see the world of hope through his eyes.

Ravi Zacharias is founder and president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), a global ministry focused on evangelism, apologetics, spiritual disciplines, training, and humanitarian support. An itinerant speaker for 42 years, Zacharias is presently Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University's Wycliffe Hall and his weekly radio program, "Let My People Think," airs on over 2,000 outlets worldwide. Dr. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children and reside in Atlanta. More information is at www.rzim.org.

Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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