Sometimes it's tempting to just give up on the world.
The world murders more than 1 million babies every year; 3, 322 every day.
The world made it illegal to pray to God in school, much less speak about our Savior. They even changed the Pledge of Allegiance so that it would not contain the word "God."
The world is full of murder, hatred, racism, rape, idolatry.
And yet, Christians are supposed to be the light of the world. That's a pretty tall order for such darkness.We can't do it on our own.
But we have something to stand on. We are a city set on a hill. And as Matthew 5 tells us, a city on a hill cannot be hidden. The darker the room is, the brighter a little light seems.
One of my favorite scenes from the entire Lord of the Rings series is in the Two Towers. Frodo is just about ready to give up. The world is so dark. And his light inside is dying. There doesn't seem to be any reason to go on fighting. And it's so hard to fight. But Sam says to him:
"It's like in the great stories Mr Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn't want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it's only a passing thing this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it'll shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr Frodo, I do understand. I know now folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going because they were holding on to something."
Frodo: "What are we holding onto, Sam?"
Sam: "That there's some good in the world, Mr Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."
There is some good in our world.
And good is always worth fighting for. Good is the only thing that can triumph over evil.
Giving up is easier. But going on is right.
Keep on fighting because it's worth it. Keep on until the day when the earth is made new, and God will again declare of the world, "It is good."