Killing 2020

December 30, 2020
Tim Lien

Oh, 2020. What can you do? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The general theme(s) for ending this year include a) shedding 2020 like a mink coat in Cabo and b) expecting ’21 to soar with impossible precision and non-stop gaiety.  Like parents hovering over a mediocre only-child, the world waits for ’21 to grant every unfulfilled dream—a vaccine, uninflated yet supercharged markets, poised presidents proposing perfect policies, open travel, crowded cinemas, Coachella, and Disneyland Dole Whip with a side of Lobster Nachos. And a spouse who truly, truly listens.

I can smell the future disappointment from here.

It’s understandable. If the Andy Dufresne taught us anything it was that, “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” (Shawshank Redemption, 1994)

You might have better odds placing all your stimulus check on Red-21 at the Morongo Casino roulette wheel than placing all your hope on ’21 anno domini.

I offer two ideas for those who are following Jesus into the vista that is 2021: How to look back; how to look forward. 

One: As we look in the rearview mirror, this year is not the worst. Having a Christ-saturated view, means that the very worst of our history was when we killed the very Architect of the cosmos. It is difficult to find an event that is worse. It’s when the plague of plagues (Ralph Venning) devoured the blameless Second Adam. Spiritual algorithm for the Christ-follower: “If you hated the fall of mankind and Covid-19, then you’ll really hate this thing called the Crucifixion!”

Two: The good thing about Jesus not staying dead is the statement it makes about the worst-possible-situations. All things will be made new. Any feeble rebuttal to that statement via my present condition might be like quitting every book about midway and then posting pouty amazon reviews. The Resurrection closes the comments section. Your argument is invalid. No bad thing will stay that way. The worst will not stay the worst. No Good Thing ever dies. You must finish reading the Story.

That’s not just hope— that’s trust. Trust in Jesus—in the bad past, and the brilliant future.

2020 The Way - SGV