The desire for utopia is a common theme in everyday life. The news is rife with stories of destruction and disasters. Disbelief and disgust are almost our default responses to the news, and so is our desire for utopia. It’s apparent that we all want more out of this life – a more ideal life. In fact, we all chaotically push and pull to bring about more of what we envision to be the ideal life.
Even if our version of the ideal life may differ, one thing we hold in common is the hope for the ideal to become real. Perhaps that’s what motivates us all to do what we do. Yet, as we all know, except those too disillusioned by fairy book tales, there’s nothing we can do to attain and maintain our version of the ideal life here on earth. Utopia is elusive, and on this earth it will only ever be an ideal sought but not obtained.
Why? Because even if a common ideal were achieved, it wouldn’t take too long for some selfish soul to disrupt the peace in attempt to gain his own version of the ideal life. Has human history taught us any different? No. Human history is a constant story of conflict and discord. This is true even on the most basic level – the relationship between husband and wife.
So, do you agree? If not, you’re probably thinking that if we all try just hard enough we can do it. Sure, I agree… in a perfect world. But, this isn’t a perfect world. It’s a fallen world. One in which it’s sometimes hard enough to get along with the people you love, let alone your enemies.
Some of you may be thinking that if given another try (e.g., reincarnation) you wouldn’t make a mistake again. That way of thinking is ambitious and should be applauded, but I wouldn’t put too much hope in it. Even for one thing alone, don’t you have a hard enough time not doing the mistake you promised never to repeat again?
So what’s my point? We are in dire need of something bigger and better than ourselves, even our collective selves, to get out of this fallen state – a state that we obviously desire to alter. Perhaps you should ask yourself what your ideal is and why. Is it an ideal worthy of aspiration? How would your ideal provide a way out of this fallen reality into a utopian reality? I’ve found my ideal. It’s God, and His story of redemption through Jesus Christ.
*Origin of Discursion: Mental discursion during Pastor Dave Johnson’s Easter Sunday sermon about the Biblical history and significance of third days – them being very good days – God’s days.