Lanterns: Is hope truly lost?


Is hope truly lost?

Is there any reason to have hope anymore?

I’ve had to ask this question many times in my own life. As a political news junkie, I’m constantly updated on the latest revolving around D.C. politics-- what legislation my favorite congressmen or senators are proposing, the latest scandals, and so forth. So obviously it’s fair to say I have an overwhelming sense of joy and hope in my life as a Conservative Christian.

All joking aside, it’s really easy to look at the political and cultural world and feel distraught. I personally couldn’t wait for the 2016 elections to be over because I just wanted to move on and stop talking about what Trump was tweeting, what Hillary was saying, or the fact that people like me weren’t falling in line and voting Republican or Democrat. I thought surely once the election was over, we would have time to calm down, grow up, and move on for the next couple of years. I know, naïve, right? Today, we’re still talking about the election. We’re still talking about what Donald Trump tweeted, we’re still at each other’s throats, and we’re still becoming more and more divided.

In these times, it’s so easy to think our world is at an end and hope is lost. I still struggle with this feeling. At the same time, I also see hope in our future. I was reading this piece from Forbes, and it talked about the involvement of Millennials – my generation – in politics and being informed, in general. Do you realize about 85% of millennials believe keeping informed on politics and cultural issues is important? That’s a big deal.

Many will say, “Yes, but look at where they’re getting their information from.” I agree-- the fact that people like Bill Maher, John Oliver, Jon Stewart, and others have become the “Walter Cronkites” to many of my generation isn’t exactly the most uplifting message in the world.

However, I see something that many have failed to recognize: an opportunity.

The past two decades have seen more advancements in technology than the past two centuries. Add to this the fact that despite what many would have us believe, millennials actually do care about doing things together more than alone. Although there is an undeniable message of individual “victimhood” being pushed forth by college professors, politicians, celebrities, Hollywood, and advertising, we want to work together to make our lives and country better. We still want validation. We still want to be heard.

The left often preaches collectivism— everything’s about the injustice of the system. It has done so by spreading indoctrination to the masses and creating a culture of victimhood. Each group is encouraged to be more aggrieved than the next, so there’s a constant state of victimization and feelings of helplessness. One need only to look at our education system and entertainment industry.

It’s no secret that leftism, socialism, progressivism, populism, radical feminism, and egalitarianism have run rampant. Why is that? Did rationality, Christianity, and Conservatism suddenly become obsolete overnight? Did people suddenly wake up and decide the Constitution was no longer as necessary to understand, that principles were no longer required, and consistency no longer demanded?


In many ways, one could argue we became comfortable in reaping the benefits of republicanism and constitutionalism. We didn’t think people would be dumb enough to believe socialism was great, nationalism was the same thing as patriotism, or moral relativism would be the dominant viewpoint for many. Many of us believed it would always be this way. Now we know that’s obviously not true. Now we know that we have a lot of hard work to do to get things back to a saner, rational place. Will that ever truly be accomplished? I don’t know, but I’d like to think it’s worth a shot.

Hope absolutely exists! Look at Young America’s Foundation. Look at places like Liberty University, the largest Christian university in the world, or College of the Ozarks. Look at people like Ben Shapiro, Matt Walsh, and the conservative millennials now on TheBlaze and here at

It’s not hard to find instances of large groups of young people who want to change things for the better. We just have to come to a place where more of us are back in the game. As long as we tune out, give up, shut up, or sit down, there is little hope, but the moment we begin to do the hard work and know what we believe and why we believe it, then the secular progressives will truly have something profound to fear.

I still believe there are people like that in this world. Let’s support them, and let’s be those people.

Written by Oliver Stephenson

I love talking politics, culture, and entertainment. I'm a huge fan of Star Wars and talk radio.

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