“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way” (Dickens 3). If there was one who lived a millennia in the future, he or she could easily identify this decade to be the start of a decline in the overall society, from political to economical to environmental. People became more complacent, apathetic, lethargic, aggressive, passive, violent, scared, and different. They lived differently than how they said one ought to live. Many nations spent more than they had while the other nations did not have anything to spend. Money became worthless again. The environment became worse exponentially. The church became dull, yet some became brighter. Although the majority of the world says that we need to preserve the world because it is the best thing we can give to the future, the truth still remains that God desires that all people may know him, not that all people would save what is going to perish.
In the science-fiction film Tommorowland, there is a place that is made by the imagination of creators. One invention made by a main character told when one would die. This invention had many deaths on the same day: the end of the world. At the end of the film, the main “villain” Nix, portrayed by Hugh Laurie, gives a rather lengthy but quite accurate speech of the world. Summarized, Nix says that if one saw a great tragedy, he or she may go to the politicians and try to convince them of the upcoming danger. Yet pointed out the “captains of industry” (Laurie) would not do anything to stop the gradual income of money. Nix then said that that one would try to skip the step of trying to get the message through the government and other middlemen. So that one did show the public their doom. What happened instead was that people enjoyed it. They loved the idea so much that they sold the idea into mainstream. The world was looking forward to the apocalypse. Meanwhile global warming is escalating, the trees are being destroyed and the ozone layer is diminishing, no one is doing anything. People say preserve the environment, but they do not.
Francis Chan once said, “Simon says, ‘Pat your head.’ We pat our heads. Jesus says, ‘Go therefore and make disciples.’ We memorize the verse” (Chan). Jesus said very specific things that are easy to find if one simply reads the Bible. Such things are, love one another as Jesus loves us (John 15:12), make Jesus’s name known throughout the earth (Acts 1:8), pure and undefiled religion before God’s eyes is to visit orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:27), and the timeless 10 commandments found in Exodus 20:1-17. There is no Bible verse about prioritizing recycling, giving huge amounts to organizations that plant trees, or to put bumper stickers on cars that say, “i ❤ earth.” One can deduce the importance concerning the environment looking at the numerous verses about God’s love for the marginalized, broken, weak, and hurt.
Even so, there will be people who will argue against the truth because they do not know the truth. They may say, “We are humans, and humans need oxygen to live. Trees produce oxygen, so we should save trees.” One should rightly say, “God told us to look after the poor, widow and orphans. We look after trees. They aren’t going to last forever. People’s souls are.” They may state, “The beauty of nature is degrading exponentially. We should save it so that what makes our world different is saved.” Again, one should say, “Look at the most beautiful things: God’s children. He saved us from our miserable, poor, foolish, selfish, and dark lives to bring many into His kingdom. We ought to do what He says to: make His name known throughout the world, to make His beauty known.” They may still say, “We are going to die soon. We have to look after the generations to come.” A smart person would say, “We are going to die soon. We have to look after the generations to come.”
It’s very clear that this is about what one’s goals in life are: to live for today and for everyone’s todays in the future or to live for the future and so living in Jesus today and forever. Although the world may fade away, God will be faithful to do what he says. He’s going to have the New Jerusalem come down and make all things new.
Chan, Francis. n.d.
Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. New York: Penguin Group, 2009. Print.
English Standard Version. Bible Gateway. Web. 14 September 2015.
Laurie, Hugh, perf. Tommorowland. Walt Disney Pictures, 2015. Film.
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