October 8, 1960
Pretty Regina Darien persuades Adam to escort her wagon train on a treacherous journey west.
Written by: E. Jack Newman
Directed by: James Neilson
Guest stars: Patricia Donahue (Regina Darien), Larry Gates (Rev. Jacob Darien), Dennis Patrick (Sam Board)
I hope nothing bad happens. I hope things will turn out al right. I hope, I hope, I hope. Hope is only a part of the bigger picture. Hope will get you nowhere without faith. Hope will get you nowhere without action. You can’t simply hope for good grades, hope for money, hope for justice. You must act. That is what we see in ‘The Hopefuls’. In the beginning, the family’s way of life seems reasonable. They wish everyone peace and they cause no trouble. They claim to have faith in God.
They came through Virginia City quickly and quietly, except for a small scuffle, ended by Adam. Adam and a new friend decide to accompany them for a way and this is when the trouble starts. The friend, Sam Board, soon decides the peace loving family will be easy to rob and leaves the group and waits, waits until Adam is supposed to leave. But Adam does not. Sam finds that he has been found out but robs them anyway.
Adam is left with the decision. Get the money back and risk going against the peaceful teaching of the people, one of which he has come to admire or let Sam get away with everything they had.
It comes to the realization that action, even violent action, is necessary at the right time.
*The peaceful family has a mentality mentioned in Proverbs 16:13 “The lazy person is full of excuses, saying, “I can’t go outside because there might be a lion in the road! Yes, I’m sure there is a lion out there!”
*They are willing to be trampled by the evil ones simply to avoid trouble.
Proverbs 15:26 “If the godly compromise with the wicked, it is like polluting a fountain or muddying a spring.”
*They will not speak against anyone. But as said in Proverbs 27:5 “An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.”
*Their way of life is based on scripture such as Proverbs 20:22 “Don’t say ‘I will get even for this wrong.’ Wait for the Lord to handle the matter.”
Perhaps peace is misunderstood. It is hard to make peace. A person, finding himself in the middle of a war, can pretend he is living in a peaceful country until he dies, but it will not be so. To find peace he must either leave the country or fight to gain peace again. Pretending will never do.
Mathew 10: 16 “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. Be as weary as snakes and harmless as doves. But beware! For you will be handed over to the courts and beaten in the synagogues. And you must stand trial before governors and the kings because you are followers. This will be your opportunity to tell them about me-yes, to witness to the world.”
*To be as weary as serpents means to be wise and cunning. As harmless as doves means to not provoke any kind of ill will.
God doesn’t work as he did in biblical times. Perhaps if it had been the Israelites life saving the crooks stole a great pillar of fire would have stopped them and the money would have been returned. However, this was not the case and the peaceful people perhaps didn’t realize that their miracle was in the form of a man named Adam Cartwright.
“We shall pray that this test shall come not to us and that once again we shall be delivered.”—Jacob
*How long can they expect that God will not test them? God does test Hid people. To deny this is to deny a character building life.
“7These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
In the Bible, God sent plenty of his people to war, especially when it was the Israelites. God promised them the Land but they had to work for it, they had to fight and die for it. In ‘The Hopefuls’ the family just hopes to get there by the skin of their teeth. The only work they did to get there was to travel from Ohio, a long trek but hardly a desperate trial.
Deut 20:1-3 “1 When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. 2 When you are about to go into battle, the priest shall come forward and address the army. 3 He shall say: "Hear, O Israel, today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them.”
*When God ordains the fight and when the reasons for it are just, He will deliver His people.
We cannot live in a Hopeful way, we must live in a faithful way, a bold way, the way Christ lived as an example to us.
2 Timothy 4:7
7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.