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Waiting on the World to Change

Waiting on the World to Change

7/6/07

 

 

Me and all my friends
We're all misunderstood
They say we stand for nothing
There's no way we ever could
Now we see everything is going wrong
With the world and those who lead it
We just feel like we don't have the means
To rise above and beat it

So we keep waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
Its hard to be persistent
When we're standing at a distance
So we keep waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change

Now if we had the power
To bring our neighbors home from war
They would've never missed a Christmas
No more ribbons on the door
When you trust your television
What you get is what you got
Cuz when when the only information ooohhh,
They can bend it all they want

So while we're waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
It's not that we don't care
We just know that the party's there
So we keep waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change

We're still waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
One day our generation
Is gonna rule the population

So we keep on waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
Know we keep on waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
Waiting on the world to change
Waiting on the world to change
Waiting on the world to change.

 

In a song by John Mayer we have the lyrics shown above. As is often the case, I suspect the underlying message is deliberately vague enough that many different lessons can be drawn from the words. Personally, I was taken with the idea that many are indeed waiting, hoping against hope that the old ways that have plagued civilization throughout human history will be forsaken. That then mankind would enjoy a real change for a change, perhaps a newness that Christ’s teaching was supposed to foreshadow and that the Apostle Paul proclaimed so gloriously in II Corinthians 5:13.

 

Unfortunately, many folks are caught up in the desire to see a changed world but with no idea how that change could happen and therefore no real hope that change will ever happen. A big part of the problem is in the word “waiting”. Waiting implies that change will just happen spontaneously without any effort on our part. Another aspect is the notion that change is something that happens separate and apart from me. Others need to change not me. If that is true, then my happiness and sense of fulfillment depend on others, and they need to conform to the image that I have created. Naturally, such an expectation or hope will almost always be frustrated. The others I want to change to be the way I would have them, have their own agendas and desires which serve to counter my own. Thus the endless waiting for transformation outside ourselves is just that, endless. Finally, the transformation we seek is not so much a matter of looking forward to a brighter future as it is recognition of what blessings are already available to us.

 

The first step in realizing a transformed world is to begin truly believing in one here and now. Many are waiting for God to accomplish a transformed world but only after an extended period of serious worldwide suffering. The brighter future is to be achieved ultimately for a few but a culling process precedes that brightness. Change is thus anticipated but not for this world or of the kind that would have one waiting with joyous expectation.

 

Next, man needs to heed the wisdom of Gandhi when he said “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”. That means it is time to look for change internally. I change the world by changing myself.

 

Finally, we must come to recognize and fully appreciate the full extent of the great redemptive work completed by God in Christ. The reconciled children of God created by Christ should be by nature agents of change, not by condemning and converting the world outside themselves but rather by modeling a changed mindset which relinquishes all the old outmoded paradigms. The world awaits the generation that is willing to boldly transform themselves by refusing to internalize and thereby perpetuate the false assumptions and misguided actions of the past. At that point the wait will be over.

 

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