Paul had it wrong…

During church today I had time to ponder why so much of Christianity is about living life after death, for focusing on everything but the world as it is right now.  It’s not that I don’t believe in a better life after Christ, I do, but it seems to me that we are using the promises of our future to give up on our present, even to the point of actively ignoring or making it worse.  Paul said do not be of this world, but I think he had it wrong.  Everything God did has the world as its framework.  From Eden to the end of Creation, everything focuses on our world here.  All of God’s promises, his parables, are in the context of what He created here.  My way of thinking is, God is in all of us.  His divine spark resides in everything he created and as such, we should not be ignoring our duties here for the life that comes next. Everything we do should be in the context of being better, of making things better, of reflecting the glory of Christ and God now.  The parable of the talents shows that we should take what we are given and make the best of it.  The funny thing is, it required action immediately, with results that occurred many times over.  It was the recognition that was given at the end, not the results.  Just my two cents.

By Dan Granot

I chose the Shorter Whitman because of his work, "Song of Myself" and because of my self-deprecating sense of humor. I am under no illusion that I can write successful essays or poetry, but I have been known to write them anyway.

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