November 4, 2020

 “Toxic positivity” is the excessive and ineffective overgeneralization of a happy, optimistic state across all situations. Such blindedness denies the truth of any situation and invalidates the emotions of anguish, grief, or frustration another may feel or even yourself. Toxic positivity cannot bring about improvements because it has no foundation in reality. 

 The prophets, John the Baptist, Jesus, the disciples, and Paul named the harsh conditions in which people lived, often at the hands of other people. They spoke on behalf of God of what they saw, encouraging us to change our hearts and minds to create a better world. 

 Christian hope is the opposite of such a dangerous disposition. Hope will stare at the wounds of another, Jesus on the cross, and place trust in God to bring about healing.