You may think that after reading all of this, a very bleak picture has been painted. And I swear I am not a pessimist nor am I here to just rail against a bunch of stuff and then go back and retreat into my corner. I think much of the hopelessness we see in this country is due to an inactivity on our part as Christians and that we as hope-bringers and light-bearers have such a responsibility to proclaim the Gospel wherever we go. We sometimes want to get beyond the scope of the cross and onto more necessary things. But we fail to realize it is the cross and resurrection (the power of the Gospel) that makes any impact in our world possible. Without those aspects, our faith is of no value.