Change and Restore

Yan Wing

When Obama was elected as U.S. President in 2008, his major political theme was “change” which pleased many people at that time. Most people can’t wait to get rid of the old politics since they get tired of the unfulfilled political reforms. Throughout history, people have been going through tremendous changes. How many changes have we gone through during the past five to ten years? Can you imagine living without electric appliances, digital messaging, or spacecraft? How will you live if you return to the past?

Have our constant changes proven effective in terms of our quality of life, longevity, and our planet earth? What if tomorrow’s not better than today? Our ambition has pushed us to a higher realm of life: To clone plants and animals, and maybe even human beings. In order to fulfill our dreams of the “tower of Babel”, our affluent tourists work hard to get ready to travel to the moon or even Mars. Global warming and natural disasters have been a result of abusing natural resources. Our technological advances have been paradoxically hastening the ending of the world in reference to the Bible: Matthew 24 & 2 Peter 2:8-13.

Environmentalists are now proclaiming “Back to the basics” since they realized that human beings have been destroying the earth by greedily inventing more and more unnecessary but harmful things! This is actually contradictory to the beautiful environment which God has created for us in the very beginning.

Confucianism calls for “Refresh daily in order to maintain to be refreshed every day.” Due to sin, people have lacked the inner power to change themselves for the past several thousand years. Now by believing in the Son of God, we have a glimpse of hope for the future: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

To keep our spirit refreshed, we need to drop the burden of sin and become a new person in Christ. This way the very image of God will be restored in us. We will be able to “put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:24) The old self was under the bondage of sin inherited from the original sin of Adam but Christ has brought restoration for the new self.

Man has been desperately and hopelessly struggling for restoration, from materialistic to moral restoration. Finally Christ has successfully brought true changes and restoration, the way God originally created us.

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