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The Future is Here. The Future is Now.

Well, we made it.
Today, October 21st, 2015 is “Back to the Future Day.”
In the 1989 film Back to the Future, part II, Doc Brown and Marty McFly travel 30 years into the future (from the original1985 story-line). The date of their arrival is October 21st, 2015. That’s today.

The future is here. The future is now.

Over the course of the last week or so, there have been some really great blogs and video segments leading up to this day, primarily reflecting on what details the movie got right and wrong about 2015. Here is a great example.

Since the Back to the Future trilogy, we have seen the advent of internet glasses, multi-channel television screens, video-conferencing, and even a prototype of hover-board technology. The film missed some details by a mile. But most intriguing to me is a reference to a Chicago Cubs World Series win. It was a joke in the eighties, since the Cubbies hadn’t won a world series in ages. They still haven’t. Yet, they are in the playoffs for it this very week.

Creepy, huh?

The fun convergence of pop culture and calendar has me thinking about the parabolic possibilities of this day.

I am thinking of the words of our Lord. Didn’t he repeatedly proclaim the same?
The Kingdom of God; that promised future of life, love, and liberation…is here.
The reign and realm of God’s love is already, at present, around you and within you.

The future is here. The future IS now.

It makes me wonder what part of God’s promised life am I waiting on?
Is it possible that the very thing we long for is already among us?
Is it possible that everything we need to live and breath and have our being is already within us; a treasure…here…now…in clay jars?

What hoped-for future are you awaiting?
Maybe its time has come.

May our eyes be opened THIS day, to look around and behold.
The future IS here. The future IS now.

Shaun King
Senior Pastor
Johns Creek Baptist Church

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