Imagine the Baptists, the Methodists, the Presbyterians, the Anglicans, the Nazerenes, the Assembly of God folks, the congregants at the Church of Christ, the Pentecostals, the Lutherans, and even the Catholics stood united. Imagine they stood together and cared for widows and orphans. Imagine they decried the murder of the innocents. Imagine they proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ on every rooftop.
Imagine Christian schools all over America, schools even the poor can attend because men of God will foot the bill. Imagine communities where kids can play outside, unsupervised, and no one worries. Imagine children trusted their parents and parents loved their kids.
Imagine, if you can, a world where skin color doesn’t matter, not because we have all forgotten our roots, but because we all share the same Father. Imagine a world where the stranger, the traveler, and the immigrant are welcomed into a community and cared for. Imagine communities that live in harmony and love one another’s differences because of the Savior they hold in common.
Imagine a culture where we didn’t take our cues from pagans, where original movies and books and music and comics and TV and sculpture and paintings and buildings were all made by believers. Imagine it was actually really good. Imagine our every entertainment choice did not have to be carefully screened or filtered.
Imagine justice reigned and no one lived in fear. Imagine the end of hunger. Imagine the faces of children who knew they would never have to worry about a meal again.
Just imagine. It’s easy if you try.
This sort of peace on earth exists. Where the Gospel is preached, in pockets and enclaves, this vision becomes a reality. Where sins are forgiven, where death becomes a passing phantom, where faith is the norm and hope is a given and love is the rule men live by, this is what happens. What would the world be like if we were not so sure this was impossible? What would it be like if we had the guts to act like we believed the Gospel wass true? What if we acted like Jesus Christ could really save us?
A big, happy vision is all well and good, but you can’t do much with it. It’s not even a blueprint so much as the urge to create one. So pretty soon I plan on writing another post on what we can do, practically, to get this vision going.