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Optimistic Realists

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It's the age-old question, are you a glass half empty or a glass half full person?

I do not believe Christians should be pessimistic. No matter how bad the world becomes, still, we know the Creator God. We know He's in charge. And we know He will someday bring history to a just conclusion.

I believe Christians should be "Optimistic Realists"—optimistic because we know the Lord, the Creator, the Author and Finisher of our faith. From the Bible, we know the end of the story.

On the other hand, because we understand sin, Christians cannot be "wild-eyed" idealists. We know sin will influence this world until God steps in to judge the living and the dead. We know sin exists in our own hearts. Sin is real. It brings evil, death, and destruction.

That's why Christians ought to be Realists. We know sin will always be present until the Lord returns. Yet we know God works in this world and He is ultimately in control. God brings what the late Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer called "substantial healing."

Think about this: Optimism breeds courage even while realism produces confidence. Christians should be "Optimistic Realists."

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