Hope in the Midst of Chaos

(Originally written December, 2002)

We live in a nation that has lost its compass, in a world that is spinning out of control. A year ago, in the aftermath of 9/11, we thought that our country would refocus and that our culture would begin to change. Recently however, a sniper held our nation’s capital hostage under a cloud of fear. A teen in Sallisaw, a  small Oklahoma town, killed two and wounded eight in a Sunday afternoon drive. In Moscow, over one hundred theater goers were killed in a dangerous hostage rescue. And in the Middle East, daily suicide bombings are now commonplace. We are at the brink of war.

We can no longer retreat to our retirement stock portfolio. Our economy has gone bad as our marketplace looks for a leader who possesses character. Enron, WorldCom, Tyco, and Arthur Anderson are just a few of the stars in this disastrous daytime drama. We seek entertainment from those whose own lives are seldom peaceful or stable. In a culture driven to violence, crazed by sex, and bent on accumulating more debt, we long for a happy holiday season to inoculate us from a dream gone sour. Will the parties, food, gifts, and laughter of this holiday bring peace to our troubled souls?

In the midst of news of so much violence, I watched as Larry King questioned the “Son of Sam” serial killer, who terrorized a city twenty-five years ago. He calmly answered Larry’s questions and held a Bible in his hands as he sat in the prison interview room. Yes, he felt deep regret for the killings, but he had experienced the forgiveness of God because of his trust in Jesus Christ. He revealed that he now helps other inmates deal with guilt and pain. Being a Jew, he has brought great embarrassment to his community, but his life was changed after ten years in prison, when he met the Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ.

We only have hope because of the very first Christmas gift, the Christ Child. We can live after death because He lived in order to die. God knew the value of one life, but freely sacrificed His own Son and turned His back on Him, so that we might have victory over death, joy in sorrow, peace in pain, and triumph over evil. Christmas is not simply a happy bedtime story with a nice ending; it is about the ultimate gift in payment to end evil’s reign. Jesus Christ did not stay in the manger, but lived a perfect life and died a terrible death. His resurrection assures eternal life to all who will put their trust in Him. Yes, life even for a serial killer. Mercy and grace come at a great cost. Christmas is God’s way of giving to us what we could never earn – eternal life. When we focus on Jesus Christ, a violent world suddenly makes sense. People are desperately searching for a solution that can only be found in Him. We in the Humphreys family wish for you and yours a peaceful and joyous holiday and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Kent Humphreys

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About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

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