The Future You Imagine

Yesterday, I wrote that the future will indeed bring glory to God. This is true! This has implications for Christian science fiction writers. How do you imagine the future?

Of course, in imagination, pretty much all rules are off. Perhaps you are picturing a world that is not our own at all. Perhaps you have constructed a world where Hitler got into art school and only terrorized galleries with his evil. Perhaps your universe has outer space filled with chocolate pudding and edible planets.

On the other hand, if your fictitious setting is meant to be an extension of this world, it’s good to know what God has said about the future.

For instance, do you want your future to be similar to Star Trek, where humanity has solved nearly all its problems? Well, God has something to say about that: Three Gospels report Jesus saying, “The poor you will always have with you.” Well, poverty will be around until the end of time, then. Oh, and war? “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars” until Jesus returns. We won’t get rid of war.

The day Jesus returns will be a normal day. Matthew 24:37-39 says, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” People will continue to be people until the very end (which is one of the reasons why I love Firefly; it’s characters are real in a way Star Trek’s has never been able to pull off well).

Christians will not “come out on top” until the end of time. Like Jesus in his humiliation, we will continue to live under the cross.

When thinking of your imagined future, it’s good to take these things into account. As you construct your worlds, remember what we know will happen in the future and take it into account. But also remember:

Nothing will defeat the church. We may never seem to be on top, but Jesus wins in the end. And as we are his body, we will win in the end as well. The church may be beaten, bloody, and appear dying, but God’s Word endures.

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