by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 4/24/14

Easter morning leaves us with double vision. On the one hand, we are presented with a vision of the world redeemed; Jesus’ resurrection is nothing less than life renewed. On the other hand, we continue to see the world as it remains. Life on this side of Easter remains broken and in need of redemption. Trying to see the world as broken, yet redeemed can leave you with double vision.

How do you see the world? Is it full of life and near to heaven, or is it less than life abundant and far from heaven? How do you feel about your future? Are you optimistic about what God is doing in the world? Are you able to hold your doubts and beliefs in a kind of holy tension? That is what G.K. Chesterton seems to advise.  Consider this quote:

“Can [you] hate it enough to change it, and yet love it enough to think it worth changing? Can [you] look up at its colossal good without once feeling acquiescence? Can [you] look up at its colossal evil without once feeling despair? Can [you,] in short, be at once not only a pessimist and an optimist, but a fanatical pessimist and a fanatical optimist?”—GK Chesterton

Maybe we should get use to seeing the world in this way. Allow the disparity between the good news proclamation and our present circumstance to drive our participation in redemption of the world.