Jesus Christ is the hope of the world. But suppose the church died out. No new younger Christians. Nothing and no one to be the church. There would be no meaning to 'hope of the world'. So, in an important sense, young people with faith in Christ are also 'the hope of the world'.
As I myself grow older I find myself keenly observing where young people are in the life of the church, and where they are not. Of course I know that many young people are in churches other than the Anglican church. Praise the Lord. But I love the Anglican church so I am keenly interested in the presence of young people in our churches. I get worried when I do not see them.
It was interesting this Sunday past to be in one service where there was one teenager and, just maybe, I was in fact the next youngest person present. Then I visited another service. My impression, without actually counting, was that 90% of around about 100 people were under the age of 25. Cool! (But how do we spread the blessing of youth?)
This same Sunday, Bishop Kelvin Wright was heading to Christchurch to speak at a confirmation retreat. His two posts also encourage hope that Jesus Christ as the hope of the world will continue to have meaning in the future of the Anglican church.