In 1664 Rhode Island’s seal emerged depicting an anchor with the word “Hope”. Given these two elements, plus Roger William’s evangelical background, the motto probably comes from the Bible verse: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and steadfast”.
On August 31, Franklin Graham will bring his “Decision America Tour” to our Statehouse, where we get to hear more about Rhode Island’s “Hope”. During this election season, the tour seeks to have people pray for our country and its leaders, as well as preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ- mankind’s only “firm and steadfast” hope.
As Rhode Islanders, we tend to feel weighed down under a dark cloud of corrupt government, violence in society, broken families, poor leadership choices, etc. Whatever promises or expectations we may have been given so far are generally false or fleeting. Graham seeks to go beyond what this world has to offer and give us a message! of assurance through faith in God and belief in His Son. A call to repent of our sins and believe in the sinless Savior, who suffered God’s wrath in our place. He died and was raised to life so His chosen people could receive new life, eternally secured with God.
People generally do not come to Smith Hill to speak with us about such an “anchor for the soul”, this hope realized through an unchanging, trustworthy God. Please consider these matters and hear more at our State House August 31. Our time is short.
Brian Fournier August 26th, 2016
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