Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Earth out-of-step with the universe

"around the throne" (Revelation 4:4,6; 5:11)

The throne room scene pictured in Revelation 4-5 centers on the throne, the one who sits on it (God), and the Lamb who stands before it (Christ).

Ranged around the throne are the four living creatures (4:6), the 24 elders (4:4), and multitudes of angels (5:11).  These all sing constant praise to God and the Lamb (4:8,11; 5:9-12), the voices of "every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them" joining in (5:13).

Both the layout of the throne room and the content of the songs focus on God and Christ, showing that the impulse of the universe is to praise God and the Lord Jesus.  The universe is God-centered.

This is good to remember as we walk in this world, for our world is out-of-step with the universe.  Walking in this world, one gets the impression that God is really struggling in the PR dept., that his polling numbers have dipped almost beyond recovery.

In his Space Trilogy, C. S. Lewis paints our planet as the silent planet.  The various guardian spirits of the other planets willingly and gladly submit to God, but Earth ("Thulcandra"), governed by a bent spirit, is the silent planet.  It is out-of-step with the universe.

Those who worship Christ today may seem out-of-step with the majority, but in truth they are in-step with the universe.  It is those who fail to have Christ at the center who are maladjusted.  Further, it follows that one cannot be in tune with the world and with the universe at the same time.  One must choose.

"Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed ..."  (Romans 12:2).
"The world and its desires pass away, but the one who does the will of God lives forever" (1 John 2:17).

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