Recently at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, we considered a clash of worldviews, a clash of cultures.
Humans are designed to hope that there is life beyond death, that there is an ultimate hope. Here in Silicon Valley, we are in some ways at ground zero of this clash.
We Christians proclaim that because of Jesus and his resurrection, there is hope for every person who accepts him as his or her Lord and Savior. We believe that there is this great and wild hope that the grave is not our eternal destination, but that a better life waits for us in eternity with God. We hear this message every so often, at least as part of every Easter sermon, and maybe it becomes less exciting for us.
For the world, though, it seems as if people keep putting their hopes in something else, often technology. There is at least one man around here who takes hundreds of health pills each day hoping to extend his life so that when his time comes, the technology will be available to download his mind into some sort of computer or robot thing. He also has this longing for eternal life, but instead of putting his hopes of an eternal future in God’s hands, he instead has taken the reins and is hoping beyond hope that this technology will be ready for him.
I have put my hope not in my ability to beat death, but in God’s ability to conquer death on my behalf. And even though I will die, like everyone else before me, my soul will live on with Christ.
That is essentially the choice everyone has – to hope that technology or something else will save them, or that God will.
For me, the choice is very clear. I choose to follow Jesus. I choose to serve him. My future is in his hands, in the hands of the One who loves us – all of us, even those who try to beat death another way – more than we can imagine.
There is hope for all that the grave is not our end but instead the beginning of a future better and more glorious than we can imagine. That hope comes from Christ – no one else has beaten death, no one else invites us into his resurrection. Only Jesus.
If you would like to discuss these issues, give me a call. I’d be happy to meet with anyone considering Jesus’ claims about life and death.
The Rev. David Moore is pastor of Union Presbyterian Church, 858 University Ave. For more information, call 948-4361 or visit unionpc.org.