Our hope is for a world that’s coming… a new heavens and new earth where righteousness dwells… or as we maintain in our vision statement at pureHOPE…
a world free of sexual exploitation and brokenness.
Those of us who follow King Jesus are first citizens of a Kingdom that is not of this world (John 18:36). We are in this world, we may be or serve leaders who are in this world, and we respect and care for those in this world, but we are not of this world. No, our citizenship is evident when we love one another (John 13:35). And loving is choosing everyday whom we will worship—the gods and trinkets and culture, thought, or governmental leaders of this world? Or the one true God, the King of the Universe? Loving is choosing self-giving over self-gratification, faith over fear, hope over hand-wringing, empathy over envy, courage over covetousness, and confession of sin over protection of self. And we must choose so in an increasingly exploitative, digital age that so distorts God’s narrative many of us feel lost altogether.
That’s why pureHOPE exists to provide Christian solutions in this sexualized culture while we await that final, triumphant homecoming. We know that when the Lord gives us ears to hear, and we really hear, the truth about Him, specifically as He reveals Himself to us through our very nature as image bearers, we hear something so lovely, so wild, and so pure. And it hurts, because we know we miss the mark, because we look around and see brokenness.
God designed for our sexuality as male or female singles to tell a story of perseverance, patience, service and hope. God made it so that the sexual union within the covenant of marriage would proclaim to this world what joy, delight and shalom will be found in the consummation of the ages when Christ returns to dwell among His people.
This is the story God is telling, but left to our own devices it isn’t the story we live.
We need the perfect obedience of Christ and the illuminating guidance of the Holy Spirit to truly make the pureHOPE journey. We have both! And this is our hope and guarantee of being perfected in holiness. That world is indeed coming, and we will abide in complete freedom. Meanwhile, we get to make those loving choices along the way to cultivate a world free of sexual exploitation and brokenness. It is evident that we as believers are the ones tasked with the job to be culture changers, knowing that a world free will not be realized simply through legal and public policy but by heightening our awareness as the people of God and being equipped to impact our own families and our sphere of influence.
This is why we’ve produced Quest: Parenting in a Sexualized Culture, to equip you along the way and why we have translated that content into Spanish and French. It’s why we produced A World Free, to inspire you for the journey. It’s why we executive produced The Heart of Man film, to help you glimpse the freedom available to us. It’s why we want to empower disciple-makers young and old, to build up the next generation of leaders. And most importantly, it’s why this mission is deeply personal to us as God graciously reaches in to sanctify our hearts day by day.
Some days are discouraging to be sure but we want to be here to consistently remind you: a world free is coming and none of us have to wait for it alone or inactively. We hope you will be energized to cultivate the soil in your space through a lifestyle of prayer, deepening understanding, personal resolve, and loving engagement.
Because that is how a sexualized culture is transformed, and how a world free of sexual exploitation and brokenness is experienced.
His Kingdom. Come.