I’ve published the Hope Blog since 2007. It has provided a means to write about the things closest to my heart, my family and home life, including some of my interests. It has been a necessary antidote to a job in religious talk radio that had me focused on the negative aspects of our nation, world and the church on an hourly basis for 23 years.
The blog here has been an encouragement to me, and has served to remind me of all of God’s blessings even in the middle of some very difficult times. Having been at the forefront of issues blogging and radio for so long means that even though I have removed myself from that very difficult domain, there is a continual backwash of ugliness that occurs from the old world.
It spilled over here late this last week after my articles were deleted completely from a popular website, without any explanation, by someone I have known and respected for 2 decades. I was in total shock. The man who deleted my articles receives air time from my former employer (my father.) The picture has become clear, and it has been devastating. The last communication I had from him, in writing, was one of kindness on July 27. You can understand how stunned I was to be deleted without even the Christian courtesy of an answer to my inquiries.
With this latest situation and the hurt it has caused, my choices are to delete the Hope Blog in discouragement and lose my one outlet for the kind of writing I love to do, as simple as it has been, or to resist the joy killers and blog on. I privatized the blog for a couple of days to think about this, and have come to this conclusion. Even though some come to this site out of malicious curiosity or other non-Christian reasons, I still intend to write on.
If I shut down this Hope Blog, I am admitting that hatred, unforgiveness, slander, opportunism and ugliness wins. It would be saying that the users, the abusers, the spiritually sick, the happiness-killers can win. They cannot win in the long run. It’s our job not to let them. One thing I have learned in the last few months is the importance of guarding our lives and relationships with other Christians more carefully. There is such a thing as being too trusting.
Meanwhile, God is doing some exciting things in our lives (just in the last few days), and while I can’t share all of it publicly, He has blessed us beyond measure with hope and a future. He is already restoring ten-fold what the enemy has taken from us. God doesn’t always work on our schedule, but we are never alone even in our darkest times. Something to remember.
Have a hope-filled day. Evil can only win when we allow the light of our lives to be extinguished. We may flicker sometimes, or go dim for a moment, but we can’t let it completely go out. Shine on, friends.