Pastor’s Pondering, November 18, 2015

A dystopia is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening.

It is translated as “not-good place”, an antonym of utopia.

In literature, dystopia usually is a future place….1984, Brave New World

where our worst fears are projected large screen onto the “last days”.

There is a fascination with dystopia…

It becomes the stuff of Stephen King, The Walking Dead, The Left Behind,

Children of Men , The Leftovers, The Road, The Hunger Games

It becomes “gospel truth” for folks who don’t know any better.

For people of faith, dystopia is not what is envisioned “at the end.”

The Bible gives us a completely different perspective of “ever-after-life.”

We glimpse the throne room of heaven where Christ the King is in control…

cleaning up the mess we have created…

welcoming the battle-weary saints who’ve been forgiven…

setting the table at the Great Banquet

for a family reunion beyond imagination.

Maybe that’s why dystopian literature is so popular…

lack of faithful imagination…

because it’s easier to imagine

chaos than to see creation,

competition rather than cooperation,

enmity rather than enjoyment,

persecution rather than peaceful coexistence,

grabbing for crumbs rather than grateful for the company.

Maybe one of God’s primary blessings is for imagination…

to see things not as they are, but as they are becoming and will finally be

when Christ the King welcomes all creation back into his arms.

As we gather to worship this Sunday,

we will remember and celebrate and enjoy the vision of Christ the King…

in the rightful place in the throne room of heaven…

with arms open wide to receive his faithful subjects and servants.

Come, ye thankful people, come…

to bow before Christ the King

and enjoy the benefits of Christ’s Kingdom in heaven

as it never was nor is on earth.

Just pondering…

Peace…

Lynn

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