There are a few pertinent questions that I would like to ask about this dream of God, but before I do that I need to make a distinction between God's plan and the reality of our sinful, even hateful, acts in this world. God has given us a dream in our soul, but what is the state of our soul's influence on this world? How much of Christ's dream for all people on earth has we still alive in our soul? How much of the voice of the Holy Spirit do we still hear?
It has been some time now that I have been struggling with the idea that Christians have stopped dreaming about a better future with Jesus Christ. Our dreams stopped on two fronts:
- We stopped dreaming about a future with Christ in a restored creation in God's presence. i.e. the New Jerusalem.
- We also stopped dreaming about Christian's influencing the world for the better of all man kind. i.e. the task of the universal church of Christ on earth
I would like to call this "Christianity loosing its future optimism". This might very well have happened because most Christians subscribe to humanism in some form or another. This might be because:
- Christians have became obsessed with the successes that grew out of Western Civilization ,
- Christians being disillusioned by the plethora of world views outside the old bastion of Christianity,
- The astonishing success of logic and science, that were not consistently ascribed to Christian logic. (It should be well known that Christianity is the foundation of modern science and philosophy, but it's not...)
- and many more reasons.
To highlight these thoughts, let us look at it from Carroll Quigley's perspective, just to have a frame of reference not because it is an answer - which I don't think it is or intends to be:
"While Europe's traits were diffusing outward to the non-European world, Europe was also undergoing profound changes and facing difficult choices at home. These choices were associated with drastic changes, in some cases we might say reversals, of Europe's point of view. These changes maybe examined under eight headings. The nineteenth century was marked by (1) belief in the innate goodness of man; (2) secularism; (3) belief in progress; (4) liberalism; (5) capitalism; (6) faith in science; (7) democracy; (8) nationalism. In general, these eight factors went along together in the nineteenth century. They were generally regarded as being compatible with one another; the friends of one were generallythe friends of the others; and the enemies of one were generallythe enemies of the rest. Metternich and De Maistre were generally opposed to all eight; Thomas Jefferson and John StuartMill were generally in favor of all eight.."
Tragedy and Hope
A History ofthe World in Our Time By
Carroll Quigley Volumes 1-8
New York: The Macmillan Company 1966
The objective of this blog is not to get stuck on the reasons for Christianity loosing its future optimism, but rather to rediscover Christ's promises for our communities today.