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Wrapped up the semester here at GCU in Systematic Theology yesterday with a lecture on Theology of Hope. I love the idea of faith crushing the complacency of the status quo. The invitation to follow Christ is an invitation, not into comfortable, complacent rest in which religion acts as an ‘opiate of the people’ but an entrance into the active living out of transformative, world-changing, life-giving, unrelenting hope:

“faith, whenever it develops into hope, causes not rest but unrest, not patience but impatience. It does not calm the unquiet heart, but is itself this unquiet heart in man. Those who hope in Christ can no longer put up with reality as it is, but begin to suffer under it, to contradict it.”
–Moltmann, Theology of Hope, p. 21

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