In Futureville, Skye Jethani investigates the consequences of imaging the future for life today. Drawing from parent’s new hope gotten at the New York World’s Fair in 1939, crashed by next year’s World War II and the loss of a 6 years old son, there’s a tension between the bright future and the crimson present. Many Christians in the past century have been taught that the end was near, Rapture the escape from the late, great planet Earth (the famous book by Hal Lindsey). When that didn’t happen, a self-centered, inward American Church and failure to reach out were consequences.Where church size mattered, everything else was of minor importance.
Then what to make of this world? Is there a place for Christians in politics, art, social activities, development work? Shouldn’t we all be busy 24/7 in church? Jethani strongly rejects the idea of the overt bias to church ministries and neglecting neighbours, neighbourhood, work, arts and politics. Without the need for a Kingdom Now or theocracy, we are in this world, but not of this world. However we are not supposed to be the back pocket of church leaders, only interested in our money, time and what we do in church.
The author repaints the picture of God, bringing order in chaos, interested in planting gardens en cities, new creations of a different quality, not replacing His creation. Tomorrow’s world according to the Bible isn’t teaching escapism or everlasting playing harps on clouds. It’s restoring and strengthening your place in this world with the commandment of love and the commission to go out and tell the gospel, that Jesus Christ died for our sins, conquered death and raised again, still recognizable for his friends and preparing a room in his big, big house, where the doors are always open for all people.
Futureville is a smart, inspiring call to cultivate the order, beauty, and abundance that reflects the heart and vision of God for our world.
About the author
Skye Jethani (@skye_jethani) is the executive editor of the Leadership Media Group at Christianity Today and also contributes regularly to Relevant, The Huffington Post, and radio programs around the country. His blog (www.skyejethani.com) was awarded 2nd prize for the best Christian blog by the ECPA. Skye earned his MDiv degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in . He and his wife live in Wheaton, Illinois, with their three children.