I read some questions today from a post at Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction that made me do some reflection. The questions that were raised by a Catholic reader were: “Am I wrong to love earth? Can’t I enjoy earth now and experience Heaven later (since eternity is, after all, so long)?” The question makes a lot of sense right? I mean with all the wonderful things that the Lord has put into our world, are we really not supposed to love it?
After much thinking, I came to a conclusion that it is not wrong for us Christians to appreciate the beauty and wonders of our world–to love it in a way that expresses adoration for the greatness of our creator. What is wrong is to love the world in a way that we are drawn to it, cling to it and crave for all that it has to offer.
As a guideline, we should look into the words of St. John in I John 2:15-17, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world…For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof, but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” I think the point is that loving life now and appreciating heaven always is the route for Christians to take.