Thursday, June 09, 2005

Matters of the Kingdom

Originally uploaded by mincaye.

Lately I've had many spurts of ideas, but never got down to actually writing any of them. So here are some thoughts I had after watching Kingdom of Heaven and Star Wars Episode III.

I've always found the economy of heaven to be a strange thing. Life doesn't balance out; rather than 'an eye for an eye,' it's your right cheek after your left. The rich are poor and vice versa. To him who has, more will be given, instead of equal distribution.

What would happen if Jesus taught economics at a university?

Something I read in a book (or was it an article somewhere) remains etched in my memory: in Star Wars, the aliens fill the background almost naturally.

These very aliens would have taken centrestage in a lesser film, but George Lucas created a world in which the aliens were the context, rather than the spotlight focus.

Now if only living God's righteousness, doing good and truly making the kingdom a reality, were the default modus operandi of Christians.

We speak highly of so-called 'heroes of the faith' like Mother Teresa; and yet, the sacrifice of such people should be the sacrifice of all, rather than a spectacular rarity.

Leon Bloy once wrote, "Any Christian who is not a hero is a pig."

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