Friday, October 26, 2007

Idealistic reality

It struck me today how complicated life is. I was walking through Sutton, just observing people, just watching people go about their daily life. I thought about how hard everyday life is. Work, family, shopping, eating, bills, cleaning, washing, tidying. It all takes up time and can be quite stressful. There's so much pain and suffering in the world, so much injustice. People often keep their pain hidden because they're so busy they don't notice it, and if they do they ignore it. They think they're too busy, and that maybe if they are busy enough their problems will disappear.

People are cynical, paranoid and negative.

Its such a shame.

Wouldn't it be better if everyone and everything lived together in perfect harmony? No death, no suffering, no work, no pain, no grief, no injustice, no pain, no hassle, no evil, no war or fighting, no violence, no consumerism, no cynicism, no lies. Nothing bad, everything perfect and good.

You may say that I'm being idealistic and living in some fantasy land if I believe that's ever possible.

But it is possible. Because it has been like that before. When God originally created the world and the universe it was like that ideal. It was perfect and God said that it was good. All of it. He walked with Adam in the garden, He made Himself present with us.

The tragedy is that we ended this ideal when we fell. When we chose to live our own way, rather than God's. The pain, suffering and evil in the world, no matter what form it takes, stems directly from that choice.

Jesus is calling us to build the Kingdom of God here on this earth, to start to remake it how it was originally intended. Through the cross, that is possible. Jesus, the Bible says, came to reconcile all things in Heaven and on Earth. It says there will be a new Heaven and a new Earth. Jesus will return and finish the job, and Earth will be once again that ideal. We will have eternal life with God forever, in a perfect, idealistic and real world.

Isn't that something to put your hope in? Something to believe in? I believe it. It can happen. It will happen.

I can't wait.