Lost Horizon

In the 1973 film Lost Horizon, the words of the title song Lost Horizon by Burt Bacharach and Hal David softly exclaim that, “There’s a lost horizon waiting to be found. There’s a lost horizon where the sound of guns doesn’t pound in your ears anymore.” As we enter into the 21st century, we must ask ourselves, Have we reached the lost horizon?”

The horizon brings stability to our world. Pilots would jeopardize many lives without it or the aptly named gage on their instrument panel. The horizon is used by artists to establish a vanishing point. It is the space beyond the vanishing point that lives in our imagination, where our hopes and dreams guide us towards the next horizon.

“The bible says that Jesus set his face like flint towards Jerusalem. Now as the days before he should be taken back into Heaven were running out, he resolved to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers in front of him. They set out and entered a Samaritan village to make preparations for him. But the people there refused to welcome him because he was obviously intending to go to Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Master, do you want us to call down fire from heaven and burn them all up?” Luke 9:51-54 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

Jesus looked to the horizon and saw Jerusalem as his homeland and as a place to welcome him to complete his mission of ultimate sacrifice.  The Samaritans also looked to the horizon but they did not feel welcomed. They saw Jerusalem as what could have been and also as what they were denied John 4:9. The Samaritans succumbed to years of the Assyrians’ conquest and infighting. They were a broken people.

This is where we find ourselves today. Like the Samaritans, we are caught in the cycle of responding to the latest social/racial tragedy. Rather than proactively change our direction, we wait for the next tragedy to occur. Because we are stuck in this cycle, we don’t move towards the horizon. Empathy must trump xenophobia by focusing attention on a vanishing point of reciprocity, and then real change can happen. Real and genuine bridge building can only take place in an atmosphere of selflessness on all sides.

However, Jesus is saying through the Holy Spirit that, “There’s a lost horizon waiting to be found. There’s a lost horizon where the sound of guns doesn’t pound in your ears anymore.” Followers of Christ should lead others towards the vanishing point where our hopes and dreams guide us towards the next horizon. Christ himself is the lost horizon waiting to be found.

Kevin K. Robinson, Executive Director of Accord1

 

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3 Responses to “Lost Horizon”
  1. T says:

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my post, since you mentioned this one I thought I would come on over and read it. I am so glad I did because I really like this a whole lot! Once Jesus if found then true peace can be found.

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