If any of you listen to cheesy pop music like I do, you cannot escape my fellow Minnesota homegrown Owl City. For a few years, I have been filled with the cheerful melodies and catchy hooks of Adam Young’s musical project. In his most recent video, he takes us on a very metaphorical journey to the Alligator Sky, to which he says the song is about a group of people who happily leave this earth to enter a new place.
As a Christian, I simply cannot be in support of this very catchy song. As a Christian I look forward to the day when I can be fully immersed in the presence of God. Based on what I know about Jesus, he didn’t really seem to live or teach how to escape this world. Jesus seemed more interested less in getting me into heaven and more about how I can bring heaven into my current world. It’s like we have re-written the Lord’s prayer to say “Our Father who art in heaven, hollowed by thy name, may we go to heaven after we die, may we go to heaven where your will and way is done, unlike earth”. So even though the Kingdom of this earth is not my home and I foolishly play in it far more than I should, God is really calling me to make this earth the throne for his kingdom.
As a Christian, I don’t have to live in morbid fear of this earth. God has already promised me that his presence is near on this earth. And, when I walk through the valleys and the shadow’s of death, I don’t have to fear evil, because he walks along side me. Even in this darkness, I learn to embrace things like peace, justice and reconciliation. I get to enjoy the manifestation of God and God’s work here and now. This world doesn’t have to be a hopeless endeavor and environment. Even if the
Alligator Sky is the ultimate reality, I get to live out Jesus by being about my fathers business and bringing the Alligator Sky to earth. So, my resources, my time, my energy to help others experience the Alligator Sky.
My hope is today, that we don’t fear this earth and we are about our father’s business. That we may find the hope, joy, peace of our Father here and now, so we may finish the work Jesus began and the mission God claimed through Abraham of being a blessing to others. May we know that Alligator Sky is already present, and, we don’t have to leave to get there.