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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inaugurated Eschatology

...and transworld depravity.

As our next President begins his first term today, I am brought back to my college Bible classes. One of those "two dollar phrases" we learned was Inaugurated Eschatology: The Kingdom of God is here, but not yet. It has started to impact the world, but it has not been completely realized.

The other phrase was "transworld depravity"--the idea that every possible world would eventually succumb to evil--which has very little to do with today's topic.

"Transubstantiation" is also a fun one to throw around. ...moving on:

Has history been made today? Has the world changed?

Yes... and no. Each day is a new day; another opportunity to grow, learn, and impact others for good. On the other hand, the sun also rises. Yes, there has been change. And the change is distinct from other days. But every day brings about change. And yet the world is somewhat constant.

Which is why there will still be problems tomorrow when I get up.

And there will still be problem four years from now. Some issues may have been cleared up, and others will likely have been added. And even though President Obama is no messiah, he does share a commonality with Christ: He has been inaugurated and so he has begun his role.

But the world still has pain and suffering. Problems abound. And I will admit to more than a little frustration with the state of our depraved world of which I am a part. It really bothers me that I am not perfect--more because of the grief it causes me than any remorse I have at my condition, which further signifies my depravity <smile>--and I struggle to deal with the imperfect people in my life. Why can't it just all be better? Why hasn't the world been completely changed for good?

Because we're still in process. I am. You are. And so are your monsters angels children. We have yet to become who we are supposed to be.

And so, as you consider the historical inauguration today, remember that tomorrow has equal opportunity to bring about change for the future as you interact with those around you, whether they are exhibiting signs of transworld depravity or an inaugurated eschatology.

~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father


Lisa said...

Watching the news in the UK it feels like the world has changed - my girls questioning why the fact that the President is black is a big deal, why all the fuss? Is that a change?

If we were all perfect we would have nothing to strive for in life. I do not attend church regularly, my faith is within me. Probably not perfect, probably not the best I can offer. But I hope tomorrow and the next day I can help one person, even in a small way, and the next day another, and so on. I truly hope Mr Obama can help many people and bring change, even if it only for tomorrow.


Esthermay Bentley-Goossen said...

Your words remind me more than ever that it's not our surroundings that bring about change. It is the internal workings of our own hearts. Only Christ can change a heart!
Good thoughts for today!
~esthermay @The Heart of a Pastor's Wife

Kim & Dave said...

Amen, Luke!!!

Good to be reminded of this today!

Unknown said...

Hm. Thought provoking.

I like your connect-the-dots.

Luke Holzmann said...

Lisa, I think that the big deal is because people are making a big deal about the color of our new President's skin. For me that was never even a factor... but I guess I'm just "color blind"--as the song suggests. I mean, I can see the culture President Obama is coming from, but I am not so racist that it makes a bit of different in how I think about him. And, yes: May he bring about positive change.

Esthermay, amen. And may He continue to mold us into who we should be.

Kim and Angi, thank you both!



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