“Still living for today, in these last days and times…”

Every culture expresses its own vision of the “good life.” Here the rapper Nas in 1996 recognized in one of the most prophetic ways, that the deep injustices felt and experienced by his people, were not as the world should be.

Nas imagines how he might set the world aright in several verses detailing freedom from violence, poverty, and scarcity.

Like the ancient poets, I’m thinking of Virgil here, Nas has in his heart a world at peace and a recreated order that restores that desire for wholeness in creation.

While the specific details might vary from the Gospel narrative, there is here to a deeper narrative of the redeemed city. The hope of a better tomorrow and a new way.