We all want to change the world. World peace. Economic prosperity. Global village. Individual freedom. Humanity in harmony. It’s reflected in our songs – from the tunes that ask where have all the flowers gone to the music that cries out for us to heal the world. It’s reflected in our movies – films that yearn for a phenomenon to change the way we see things to shows that seek out a brave heart to secure our freedom. Different ways to express a common desire for change – a better world, a better life.
Inasmuch as our desired reality is for a world without borders and one of universal peace, the situation on the ground is vastly different. Everyday a new dictator proclaims his desire to possess nuclear weapons; everyday a new war is fought to secure the interests of those who wage it; everyday a new disease rises from obscurity and wipes out a fraction of the world’s population. Even from a humanist perspective everyday brings about a new accident, a new illness, a new crime.
And so the idealist strives to change the world by seeking to enforce a new law, protesting against existing legislation, or even overthrowing an existing regime with the purpose of implementing drastic changes for the sake of humanity. These efforts, although admirable and sometimes positive, eventually fail because humanity at its essence is flawed. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
What then is change? How then to change the world? True change occurs when it materialises to ourselves. When we change the way we look at the world; when we change the way we react to the world; when we change the way we impact the world. At the centre of change – us. But humanity is frail and corruptible. Therein lies the pulse of change – it cannot stem from humanity, but must arise from something greater than humanity; someone more powerful than humanity. It has to be supernatural. It has to come from God.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made and has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
God was the source of life for all the world. God is the source of life for all the world. In Him all things were created. Without Him nothing would ever have been made, nothing can ever be made. If we want change in the world, we have to ask the One who created the world to change the world. It would take nothing less, nothing more. True change comes from God. And it materialises when we change.
This article was written by Mark Lim Shan-Loong on 3rd July 2003.
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