We live in many different worlds. Many world that don’t talk to each other. Many worlds that aren’t in the same orbit. Many worlds that don’t even seem like they are in the same solar system.
I see this when I look at politics. I’ve written about this plenty. One need only look at the accusations of fake news, tweets, questionable candidates, sexual misconduct, and more.
I look to the left and see people becoming unhinged at every possible action that happens – predictions that the world is going to end. I see some truth in these criticisms. But I also hear the rant of a party out of power using the same arguments that the other party used not so long ago.
I look to the right and I see people becoming unhinged with every possible action that is pushed forward – especially in defense of the indefensible. I see some truth in some of the policy decisions. But I also hear plenty of ranting of a party in power that was upset at some of the same arguments being used by the other party not so long ago.
We live in different religious worlds. One world is an evangelical Christian world where I wonder what it even means to be evangelical anymore. I can only base a definition based on what I see. What I see is a hope of salvation not in Jesus, but in a political party, or really, in a politician. I see people justifying actions that not-so-long ago were indefensible. I see people excluding others who are different from oneself and not seeing the irony in doing this and calling oneself a Christian. What does it mean to be an evangelical Christian these days?
We live in many different worlds. Worlds that I don’t understand. Worlds that make no sense to me. Worlds that feel as though they are moving farther apart. And in moving farther apart, it becomes harder to see the humanity of the other world.
And I know this is not healthy. Yet, I don’t find myself on the other world either.
I wonder what world I am really on.
Maybe I’m not on any of these worlds. And yet, I am standing on both at the same time.
Is times like these that I am reminded of Philippians 3:20 – “But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Maybe this is what it means to be a citizen of heaven – to not feel like one is at home in the world, but is called to be here. Called to proclaim boldly a different message for the other worlds to hear. A message of hope. A message of life. A message that people need to hear. A message of transformation and resurrection. A message that flies in the face of the rationality of these worlds and their allegiances.
Yet, this is what we are called to. To live out our allegiance to God’s reign.