Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Monday, May 01, 2006

"Don't Pave Paradise"

Recently, I have seen bumper stickers that say “Don’t pave paradise.” I have two problems with this statement.

1. Paradise is already paved—with gold.
“The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great
street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.” Revelation 21:21

2. I grew up in places where there was no pavement. The roads were either very hard
or very bumpy or they were sloughs of mud. When pavement came into this world, it
seemed like paradise.

1 comment:

larry white said...

The Joni Mitchell song lyric, a mantra for many of my baby boom generation, in the tradition of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan populism, went, "They paved paradise/ and put up a parking lot." A portrait (and self-portrait) of the artist (!) can be found at wikipedia.org, and at jonimitchell.com . The line, taken from the song "Big Yellow Taxi", released in 1970, was conceived while staying in a hotel on Hawai'i, and "refers to the destruction of the Garden of Allah, a silent-movie era Hollywood hotel renowned for its rowdy celebration parties." The sentiment found ready ears in default pagans already abounding in concrete but with scant knowledge of Revelation. Thanks for the succinct and illuminating comments, Pastor Wilson.