The progression is: Times are tough; we’re in a mess; things have never been this bad before; not even God can fix this; we have no hope. Many Christians are living without any hope other than the hope that Jesus will return and rescue us soon. Some of our overwhelming problems show no sign of getting better. What happens to a culture when Christians lose hope? In what respects do you think Christians are called to preserve the hope and optimism of society? In what ways can you speak words of hope and promise into the lives and circumstances of those around you?