At Gold’s Gym I did a half hour on the treadmill in the “cardio cinema” theater while watching a portion of the 1992 movie, “The Last of the Mohicans”. I knew nothing about the story, having never read the book nor studied the French-Indian War, and the retention of history is, alas, not a strength of mine.
But I started thinking about the small amount I know of the sad history of the natives of the Americas and how they were treated by the European migration to this continent. And I wondered, if that had been done in God’s righteous ways, if it was under the Lord’s guidance and direction, what would it have looked like?
In this vast continent, surely there was enough land and resources to support all the new comers as well as the natives in a prosperous and fruitful, peaceful manner. God’s original purpose was for mankind to spread out an occupy the whole earth in a good, righteous way, ruling over it – being caretakers of it.
If the kingdom of God had been continued without man falling in the Garden of Eden, and then later, after the Flood, if Noah’s family had not continued the sinful pattern, then the ones that migrated originally to the new world would have done so under God’s hand; and so when the later explorers arrived, there would have been a peaceful settling into the “new” continent – it would have been driven not by greed, but by the impetus of the Spirit of God with a much different outcome.
So what? Why think about this? Maybe thinking through these scenarios could help us to know how to pray about our relationships with our neighbors, with new immigrants, or even about how to care for the environment; it could help shape how we should live and work now in this age before His return upon the Earth in bodily form.
Besides that, I just really enjoy anticipating the new kingdom and how glorious it will be when the Lord Jesus is on the throne on Earth, ruling over us in all aspects, and every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. We cannot even imagine how good and wonderful it will be.
No more sickness or death, no hunger or thirst, no more war or crime. Wow! It blows our minds to imagine it. Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus, come!