The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines hope as " to desire with expectation of obtainment and to expect with confidence."
I have been reflecting a great deal on what I perceive to be apathy amongst many church attenders in Australia. People attend church on Sunday. Many of them stand in rows, sing a few songs, listen to a Biblical talk/lecture/sermon of approximately 30 minutes duration, sing some more songs and then move off to the area set aside for tea, coffee and biscuits.
Without wishing to be too reductionistic and judgmental if this is what the Christian life is all about then no wonder pretty much all of the people from outside of church culture that I interact with don't want any of it.
What I am wondering is - is this all it is for many people? What is the experience for people from other countries? Do many people see the gospel as simply a "ticket to heaven"? Why do people go to church but live the rest of their lives mostly indistinguishable from their neighbours?
Have we lost a sense of hope that can transform people, communities and cultures?