We are living, right now, in the Messianic age. This is "a future time of universal peace and brotherhood on the earth, without crime, war and poverty." (Wikipedia)
The United States has a special role to play in bringing this age about -- one nation under God. No matter who we are or where we come from, all of us are in it together.
We also understand, uniquely, that generating wealth is the key to spiritual freedom. In this we have evolved. Where in the past money was considered evil, today we understand that abundance frees you to focus on what really matters in life.
At this time in our world's history we are on the cusp of universal abundance, which can bring universal peace. We can make it happen with technology. We need to free it up for common use, along with the instruction manuals. Meaning, let's unlock the gates to knowledge and make it free for all.
- Imagine a world where homes could be constructed within days, not weeks.
- Where nutritious food was freely dispensed from machines on the street.
- Where healthcare was administered by robot, and the world's worst diseases were cured through the touch of a light.
- Where the genes that contribute to rape, robbery and murder could be identified and excised from the human body, before a child is even old enough to walk.
All of this is possible, and more. One of the things I like about pastor Joel Osteen, similar to Donald Trump is that he always says to think in abundant terms. My father always talks this way too: "If you can dream it you can do it," he repeats, over and over again.
Our minds are conditioned to be small and passive. The world has become so overwhelming and confusing, so daunting and full of threats to our existence. It's easier to focus on our own survival, and that of our own small circles.
But to be so passive is to lack a certain kind of faith -- an expansiveness -- that becomes very easy once you focus on the infinite power of God. Again we are conditioned to focus on "personal brands," this leader or that, but humans are very fallible.
About ten years ago I made this painting about Abraham and his faith in God. It exemplifies how I feel about the world. We ought to look only up. If we look up all things are possible.
Now is the time for us to look up.
I bring it up because this week's Bible reading is "Lech Lecha," or "Go," a part of the book of Genesis. We meet a man named Abraham, who is fundamentally transformed by an act of total faith: He smashes all the idols in his father's store.
From a financial point of view and a material one, this was a very stupid thing to do. Those idols were money. Totally powerless in and of themselves, but -- just like brands -- they inspired in people a sense of power, and so the income flowed in as people lined up to buy them.
Abraham did the work himself: God did not come down and smash the idols. And after that there was yet another test of faith, and another, and another, and another.
Abraham's entire life's work was to show what it means to choose God blindly, in faith, even if it meant losing everything.
In return for faith -- or, more specifically, for the acts that result from pure faith --God blessed Abraham and his descendants with abundance. He also blessed the rest of the world.
- Genesis 17:1-8: "I will establish My covenant between Me and you, And I will multiply you exceedingly."
- Genesis 26:4: "I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed;
- Genesis 35:11: God also said to him, "Be fruitful and multiply; A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come forth from you.
All this brings us back to where we started -- Messianic times, and what it means to live in them. If you look at the different descriptions of this age, regardless of who is writing them, there are three common threads:
- Peace: The concept of war will no longer be relevant. We will not have a need for weapons, for nobody will rise up against anybody else to do harm.
- Prosperity: There will be more than enough for everyone. We will not know such a thing as poverty.
- Truth: We will not live in a world of falsehood, illusion and evil but rather the truth will be evident to all, and this will lead all people to serve the One and Only God.
All of these are signs that we live in Messianic times. I am not at all concerned with who the Messiah might be. I couldn't give a darn about which religion invented which idea or whose version of the ultimate redemption is more perfect.
What I care about, and what I want to tell you, is that I do not believe a nasty War of the Worlds scenario is inevitable. Far from it! We all, as human beings, have the capacity to bring peace, prosperity and truth to the world together.
We can co-create Messianic times.
We can prevent any further wars, we can eliminate all the poverty, we can create a world together where most of our time is spent on the search for higher level meaning.
I see it in my head and I know it can be real.
But before we we can get there, we need to be like Abraham. Destroy all the false idols that enrich our wallets temporarily. And take upon ourselves the terrifying but freeing yoke of serving God alone.
All opinions my own. Photo by Nadir Burney via Flickr (Creative Commons)