Dystopia … Utopia, are things slated to get worse (dystopia) or fated to get better and better (utopia). If you pay attention to the media, books, movies, television shows, etc., you may be surprised to find that almost every vision of the future is dystopian. Just try to remember the last time you watched a movie or read a book that described a future utopian world. I suspect you may not be able to come up with one.

Why is this? By many accounts the world is a wonderful place; we are healthier, live in greater comfort, and have a higher standard of living, and yet, with all of that, so many feel something is very wrong, an air of pessimism permeates the country. The pandemic, the war in Ukraine, the price of fuel, and the declining stock market, certainly drive a pessimistic message, and yet at the same time, we have health and food and medicine and vaccines and so much more.

Perhaps the real problem lies not so far afield. Perhaps the real source of our discomfort … is us. Christ reminds us that He will take care of us, give us the peace that passes understanding, the joy that none can take from you … yet we worry.

But should we? Faith is what allows us to face the fear of dystopia with courage. Faith in a loving God is why our children can rise each morning and greet the dawn with a smile. Consider the words of Christ:

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:24–27, 33–34