In the realm of politics, you see the good, the bad, and the ugly of this world. It quickly becomes very clear that this world is far from perfect, and as conservatives, we tend to worry quite a bit for the future of our country. Uncertainty at home and around the globe grips our hearts with fear. This week, though, Bill Gaither's song "Because He Lives" has been on my mind quite a bit, and I think it's very fitting this time of year: 

"Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, 
Because He lives, all fear is gone; 
Because I know He holds the future, 
And life is worth the living, 
Just because He lives!"

Jesus Christ lives. It's a reality that gives us hope. Because He lives, we press on. Because He lives, hearts and minds are being changed -- for the better. Because He lives, we have hope -- forever. 

There are many things that can very easily cause us to feel that all is hopeless, and while it brings many exciting moments as well, political involvement definitely provide opportunities for disappointment. Elections are lost, bad legislation is passed, and it feels like everything is hopeless. But our hope isn't in a candidate, a political party, a government, or a country: instead, we have hope because He lives. 

Take heart, rise up and take action. We know who is in control -- and we know how the story ends. As you celebrate Christ's resurrection, take a minute and think of the future. Because He lives, we don't have to live in fear. Because He lives, we have hope for tomorrow. 

He lives!

- Peter Baergen, with special thanks to my friends Leah and Mikayla for their input!