Brave New Blog

June 7, 2006

I have also been reading and enjoying Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, so I'll be posting some comments on that.

In the hypnopaedic procedures, the humans have different idealogical phrases whispered to them while they sleep, thereby ensuring that when they are older, the "'child's mind is the suggestions, and the sum of the suggestions is the child's mind. And no the child's mind only. The adult's mind too – all his life long. The mind that judges and desires and decides – made up of these suggestions. But all these suggestions are our suggestions!'" (pg. 32). I will examine one of these suggestions below.

"Ending is better than mending, ending is better than mending." (pg. 59) This statement is not a surprising choice to pump into children's ears when the worldview that the government in Brave New World is espousing. Something doesn't work out? End it. Make a mistake? Forget it, don't try to fix it. As I said, not surprising. However, when this is surprising and saddening is when it is attributed to the God we see revealed in Jesus Christ. In much American Christianity, especially within the dispensationalist camp (I do not mean to indict all dispensationalists, but mostly the rapture-ready group), God is seen is the God who is not into mending, but simply ending a messed up creation. The end for this earth to them, it seems, is a throwing away, a replacement. For some of the less biblically literate, it may even be that the earth is a bad thing, and escape from it to heaven is the key. It's been screwed up, and the idea is to get out of it as soon as we can (hopefully the Lord will return today and snatch us up!) Fortunately, this is not the God to which the New Testament or Jesus bears witness.

Paul writes,

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Romans 8 makes it plain that God is clearly in the business of mending, not ending. To mend his creation tainted by man, God became part of the tainted creation himself, taking upon the form of a man, and becoming a servant obedient unto death on a cross. After shaming the powers of the world on the cross, God arose rose from the grave, triumphant over death and sin. The great mending project had begun. Not willing to let the creation end in futility, Christ died so that the creation would be able to see glory. And to fully implement this mending into all aspects of life, Christ gave the church the Spirit of Christ and God.

With His help, we are to mend in every way we can – mend relationships, mend hunger, mend debt, mend violence, mend unrighteousness. Keeping in mind that Christ will one day accomplish the final mending through the work of His Spirit in the resurrection, we press on, remembering that mending is better than ending, mending is better than ending.


2 Responses to “Brave New Blog”

  1. Jonathan Says:

    Very good post!

  2. Ron Says:

    You’re reading Romans 8, I am so proud.

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