I was listening to a podcast, and the two hosts were discussing a song they heard in church, where the refrain was “This world has nothing for me.” It was making them crazy, as they felt the world is full of beautiful, wonderful things. I tend to agree with the podcasters, although I do understand the reasoning behind the song refrain.
The song is based on scripture such as:
1Jo 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Joh 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
So you can see there is scriptural support for such a position. However, one of my pet peeves is “cherry picking” through the bible, pulling out the verses that support whatever position you have. The bible was meant to be taken as a whole, and in that light, I would go back to Genesis, to where God created the earth:
Ge 1:10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
Ge 1:31 ¶ And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
God created a good earth. The next argument is that we now live in a fallen world, that after Adam and Eve sinned and were expelled from the garden, the world we live in now is not the same as the one the Maker created. Here is my answer: If someone you loved gave you a beautiful glass globe, smooth, shiny, wonderful to look at, and you dropped it. You would try to fix it, glue it back together. If you did a good enough job, you wouldn’t have to through it out, you could still look at it, enjoy it, remember the joy of the day the person gave it to you. Of course you would be sad. You know it isn’t perfect, you always have to take into consideration it’s condition but you still enjoy it.
So that is my feeling of this earth. I know it is a fallen world. There are some things about it, mostly things us humans do to each other, that do make me long for the next life. In spite of this, God created this beautiful, wonderful place. Filled with awe inspiring creations of God. Even us poor, fallen people. For every example of how base and terrible we are, there are just as many of the heights of honor, courage, self sacrifice, ingenuity and creativeness we can reach. I do long for the next world, as I understand it, all the good of this one, with none of the bad. At the same time, I will enjoy what this world has to offer. Today is supposed to be one of those AMAZING fall days, blue skies, warm and gorgeous! I will be out enjoying it. Remember:
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.