I was doing a little reading this morning and came across this gem. Imagine with me, exactly what it would be like to live in this kind of world:
"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, Mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone... Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
I can hardly conceive of it. Imagine a world full, or even just a city full, of people who are devoted to each other - who live in harmony with everyone. People who love peace and refuse to take revenge or pay back evil for evil. People who are wholly humble - honoring everyone else before themselves. No conceit or vanity or snobbishness. Everyone willing to share generously with everyone else. Everyone practicing hospitality. Greed eliminated. Full of joy and hope. Sincere, brotherly love reigning supreme.
This is a direct quote from the book of Romans. (Chapter 12 verses 9-21, if you're interested in reading for yourself.)
"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried." G.K. Chesterton