Extreme Makeover: WORLD Edition

I don’t have a great deal of time to watch TV these days, but I will occasionally get drawn into shows like Yard Crashers or Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. There are several other shows like these that are fairly popular today. Do you ever wonder why they gain so many viewers?

I’m sure some folks may just like to covet nice things, as they find themselves wanting what they don’t have. But I think there is something else at work that attracts us to seeing old houses renovated and an ugly yard beautifully landscaped. So what is it?

There is a deep satisfaction that resonates within the core of our being when we see old, dead things come alive. I believe that it’s the mark of our Creator. The Lord stands opposed to death and decay in the world.

While death and decay exists for the moment, and even seems necessary for biological evolution, the resurrection of Jesus has expressed God’s true thoughts on the powers of decadence in our world (1 Cor 15:54-56).

We have been hardwired for hope in resurrection and renewal. We can feel it in our bones. Have you sensed it? Can you see it? The entire universe has been prefigured for a spiritual and physical metamorphoses (Rom 8:22-25).

“See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” Isaiah 65:17

The truth is… we like makeovers. And why wouldn’t we? It’s built into us as a signpost of God’s activity in our lives. It reflects his heart for creation. It’s where God is guiding the space-time continuum.

At the end of John’s Revelation, where we see heaven coming to earth and God transforming the world as we know it, we hear Christ speak, “Behold, I am making all things new” (Rev 21:5). Let’s believe it.

If we will listen to the rhythms of the soul we will know it to be true. We caterpillars will one day be transformed into beautiful butterflies!

In the meantime, we are called to live and long for that good end as we work out our salvation. People who hope in the resurrection will celebrate art, beauty, music, and poetry. We will work for renovations, renewal, reconciliation, and redemption of all creation.

Wherever there is darkness, we proclaim in our living that the light has come. Wherever there is death and decay, we call for an extreme makeover.

And it’s not just for your house and mine. It’s for the whole world.

D.D. Flowers, 2013.


About David D. Flowers

David received a B.A. in Religion from East Texas Baptist University and a M.T.S. in Biblical Studies from Houston Graduate School of Theology. David has over 20 years experience as a pastor and teacher in and outside the church. He currently pastors an Anabaptist congregation in Pennsylvania. View all posts by David D. Flowers

6 responses to “Extreme Makeover: WORLD Edition

  • Robert Martin

    It’s important to remember that the “new” that is being made is a “new” that is a “restored from old so it is like new”… a “new” of quality, not of age… a restoration, a re-newal… Jesus/Father/Holy Spirit is taking what we are and making it into something that has a quality of being “new”. No more rough edges, no more cracks, no more flaking paint, no more leaky pipes… all that is fixed, repaired, restored… It’s not Ty blowing up a house and putting a new one in it’s place… it’s more like “This Old House”… taking that dirty, nasty chair-rail and giving it a good sanding, varnish, and polish…

  • Laurence Angell

    I watch HGTV (plus any baseball games I can get on Dish TV) because there are no murders, rapes, and other types of crimes and ugliness. I wish to see the more positive things in life rather than dwell on the negatives. I am 79 and am studying Greek and Hebrew so that I can read the Bible in the original languages. Then maybe it will all be “NEW” to me. Jesus spoke about the Kingdom of God a lot and I am looking forward to living in it when all things on this earth will be made new again.

  • david bolton

    I’ve always thought that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was a wonderful depiction of the spirit of the gospel. Those who have been devastated by great tragedy and loss, who are beyond their own ability to help themselves, being not only helped in their circumstances, but lavished with such overwhelming grace and blessing that they are beyond words to express their gratitude, (except for the one repeated expression: “Oh my G..!!!) The show resonates so deeply with the heart, for this is what we were created for, and what has been freely offered to us in Jesus Christ! It is merely a faint shadow of what is to come!
    Thanks David!

  • Sean Durity

    Exactly so – except for the evolution comment. (Macroevolution is far from proven and quite antithetical to God’s special creation.) I do love the echoes of eternity that remind us of Truth. I think Joni Tada used the phrase “hauntings of heaven” for those pangs that remind us that what we see/feel here is just a foretaste of what awaits God’s children.

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