Racism, hatred, murder, abuse, rape, bigotry, disease, untimely death, war, famine, decay, pollution, violence, division, prostitution, fornication, adultery, perversion, propaganda, suffering, sorrow, natural disasters, pain, evil, torture, selfishness, trauma, revenge.
Love, empathy, compassion, a baby’s cry, a waterfall, a starry sky, the animal kingdom, music, sports, children at play, art, laughter, excitement, sex, marriage, innovation, friendships, good conversation, good wine, diversity, good food, snow-capped mountains, theater, a mind at rest, a heart at peace, reconciliation.
So much beauty in the world and so much brokenness. The beauty is the fingerprint of God and the brokenness in a sign that all is not right. Anyone reading this recognizes the beauty, and even the most staunch atheist recognizes the brokenness. The fact that you recognize something isn’t right attests to the fact that there is something placed in your created being that understands the creation isn’t what it should be. But don’t blame God and then ask for free will. God isn’t the problem. He is the only answer to the problem. Donald Trump can’t fix it. Joe Biden can’t fix it. No movement, but that of the gospel can repair this world and return it to the beauty that God intended. Seek God. We must seek God. Only he can bring lasting change.
Jesus - “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:24-26).
“As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:11-13).
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:3-4).
“But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13).
“Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true” (Revelation 21:1-5).