Departmentalizing is a human thing. We put God in Heaven and we leave things on Earth up to us, humans. And where does this leave us? “Stranded” is one way to put it.
God can do immeasurably more than we can imagine. Should we therefore stop imagining? I don’t think so. The challenge is ours to be inspired and imagine what could be if we leave God in the equation of life, life on earth that is. John Lennon put his imagination to work, and this is what he came up with:
“Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today”
Controversial lyrics – especially when we happen to believe that heaven and hell are real places. – Still, I think that John Lennon’s imaginations have a method to the madness, and here it is: As long as we live on planet Earth we can contribute to making this world a better place or we can turn it into a hellhole. The choice is ours.
I think one of the worst things we can do is to check out prematurely. There is no better hope than the hope for a better tomorrow, and we actively contribute to a better tomorrow with our lives today – yours and mine. If we care about people, then we literally contribute to heaven on earth. Do you think God is opposed to that?
Peace with God ushers in goodwill to men, which translates into people coming together from a variety of viewpoints and experiences, genuinely interested in one another. We don’t have to wait for heaven to see freedom, beauty and peace; we can live in this mindset right now. As a matter of fact, God endorsed this kind of lifestyle when He sent His Son Jesus. Jesus is famous for making things whole. His tender heart puts our broken pieces together. He completes us.
Jesus became God’s physical presence here on earth when He was born in Bethlehem; this goes to show that while God is in heaven He is also right here with us. The Lord Almighty is not otherworldly as many picture Him to be; He has created every world there is, and He is particularly interested in the world we live in. I personally think there is nothing wrong imagining for a moment that this universe is all there is, because when God created the world, He entrusted this world into our care; and I believe it is our calling to care.
Let us never give up dreaming – God never does. Let us never give up on people – God hasn’t. Let us never withdraw into our own little world of exclusivity and leave the rest of the world standing in the rain. Jesus never did.