How can we find hope in a fearful world?

Intentional Faith

‘I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.’ So said Greta Thunberg, the climate activist, in a speech that she gave at the World Economic Forum. In some ways they sum up the way that many people try to motivate others. We are driven by a sense of fear. In fact, one of the marks of our contemporary culture seems to be a sense of fear about the future. On many of the hot button issues of the last few years, the debates around them have been driven by it. Whether it is the environmental crisis, the American election or Brexit, there has been a great deal of fear shown by people on all sides of the debate. During the Brexit referendum, those who wanted to leave spoke…

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