He’s Got The Whole World…In His Hands!

earth“The world is not my home…I’m just passing through.” So sang Larry Norman to millions of “Jesus Movement” Christians in the 1970s.  I was one of them!

I loved it and the line re-enforced the theology I had grown up with;  essentially Earth was temporal and was destined for destruction.  Things are going to get worse and worse before the end so don’t get to comfortable… because we’re going someplace else.  And not to worry,  as Christians we had been provided life rafts before this world goes down and, unlike the Titanic, Christ’s love had created a life raft big enough for anyone who chooses to climb in.

But what if the Earth was our home?  What if we treated it like our own house rather than the hotel room where we leave dirty towels on the bathroom floor?  What if we saw our world as something groaning to be restored rather than consigned for destruction?  When did the wonderful blessing and responsibility to the Earth given to us by God suddenly end?

God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
reflecting our nature
So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
the birds in the air, the cattle,
And, yes, Earth itself,
and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
God created human beings;
he created them godlike,
Reflecting God’s nature.
He created them male and female.
God blessed them:
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

29-30 Then God said, “I’ve given you
every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth
And every kind of fruit-bearing tree,
given them to you for food.
To all animals and all birds,
everything that moves and breathes,
I give whatever grows out of the ground for food.”
And there it was.

Genesis 1: 26 – 30

I just saw a wonderful clip by Hans Rosling who has been featured before in some fantastic TED talks.  Here he shows, in a very enlightening way, that things are getting better…not worse.  Yes, there is still a lot of work to do, but the hard part done by Christ has already been accomplished!




  • A number of years ago, while I was still in the Faith, I wrote a list of about a dozen things I believed as a blog entry. One of my Pastors took that list and replied to each one with “Really?” and then pointed out to me where I was wrong. 🙂

    I agreed with your view of our world then and I can still agree with it now… but my Pastor would chastise us both.

    Me – “I do not believe in any kind of “rapture”. I believe God wants us to redeem this world.”

    My one time Pastor – “REALLY? There is only one redeemer, Jesus Christ: “Christ redeemed us from the curse” Galatians 3:13. Not even Jesus can redeem this world. He can only redeem those who believe and are washed in his blood. The rapture is clearly communicated by Jesus, the Apostle Paul and others in the Bible.”

    Suffice to say, I didn’t last too long there after that. 🙂

  • Steve

    Thats quite a statement for a pastor to make; that not even Jesus can redeem this world. Yes, the funny thing is I’ve become much more “evangelistic” since the news has really become “good” instead of trying to convince everyone that “kinda Ok” news was “good news”

  • Beautiful! I believe we have a glorious future ahead, especially as more believers find out the Good News is good!

    • Steve

      Thanks Stephen! Yes, I can say I have been much more vocal now that I understand the Good News really being “Great” 🙂

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