At my two previous congregations I asked for a show of hands.
Raise your hand if you think the world is getting better.
Raise your hand if you think the world is getting worse.
It was somewhat of a trick question. Many if not most folks thought the world was getting worse. So I pushed them on it. Let's get specific.
Will the world be better than it is now in 2020? Show of hands.
Will the world get better in 2040?
Will the world get better in 2060?
Will the world get better in 2080?
Will the world get better in 2107?
Will the world get better in 2207?
How about 2525?
What do you think? Where are we headed? What is the content of your faith in regards to this? Is there hope for Earth and life on Earth including human life?
Let's throw out another idea. Do you think God wants the world to get better or worse?
How you answer these questions says a great deal about where your hope (and perhaps your motivation) is grounded.