We are at the beginning of the beginning. My calling is calling, not to dwell on what was or is, but rather what can be. We can have peace and security, freedom, democracies, prosperity, gender harmony, spiritual harmony, racial harmony, ecological harmony, and health, as well as moral purpose and meaning, because God loves each of us and all of us with an enduring, steadfast love.
I believe that I have been called by God Almighty and that “little piece of God” (what other’s may call a soul, but I have termed this way because I believe that’s what it is) within me to try to promote and advocate for Heaven on Earth, and to seek to establish the ten elements of Heaven on Earth—humankind’s natural destiny. When you visit my “Books” page and my blog, you will see that I have written extensively about Heaven on Earth–so feel inspired and know that we are on our way!
The underlying trends toward heaven on earth are often obscured by the “noise” of the day, pessimism, and cynicism. But I believe that with God’s enduring, steadfast love, humankind will ultimately reach a Heaven on Earth. The ten elements that I believe are essential in this quest are as follows:
- Peace and Security: The major keys to peace lie in our ability to prosper and spread democracies worldwide. Going beyond tolerance to respect of all loving faiths is also critical. Advancing to general acceptance and appreciation across racial lines will build peace within and between nation. We must strive to gain security from terrorism and crime. It is critical that we stop radical Islamics. History is replete with fanatics such as Hitler who somehow gain power with genocide and aggression. Recognizing the danger and acting internationally through winning minds and hearts without letting up on international pressure are essential to a victory over terrorism. For example, when you read my book, How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth, look at Paul Marek’s powerful essay, “A Look at Radical Islam” and James K. Glassman’s persuasive contribution, “How to Win the War of Ideas.”
- Freedom: Freedom is prized by all humans whether they currently possess it or not. Implicit in the democratic ideal is that free individuals will generally act in their own best interests. And the sum of a free society’s actions will allow a greater whole than with nations who repress its people.
- Democracies: Democracies worldwide, in the long run would be the best kind of government for reaching and enjoying Heaven on Earth, for they empower the individual and ultimately societies to make good choices. History has shown that democratic governments are less likely to make war with one another. Additionally, they discourage tyrants who are corrupted by power. Democracies provide for the orderly transfer of power. However, we must realize that elections don’t necessarily produce the best leader in every case.
- Prosperity: Capitalism tempered with democracy and free, fair trade can lead to worldwide growth and wealth, which can benefit each of us and all of us to the degree that our own talents and resources permit. Preparation and opportunity go hand in hand with self-discipline and hard work. Each of us must strive for financial literacy and make it our business to know what we own. We have a responsibility beyond ourselves in our wealth. We are not meant to love money, but to show gratitude and treat it with respect, and to be generous toward worthy ends.
- Gender Harmony: Women have been repressed and worse by men in nearly every corner of the earth since the beginning of history. And while we have made great strides in the United States toward equality and harmony, we still have a long way to go. And in many nations, particularly in the Middle East and Africa, there is no time to spare.
- Spiritual Harmony: We must move beyond religious tolerance to real respect amoung all the world’s loving spiritual beliefs and practices. Even differing beliefs can lead to similar values, which in turn may lead to behavior that is acceptable to God. Loving religions teach us how to live our lives and how to cope with our own mortality. God’s enduring, steadfast love will empower us here, just as I firmly believe that love will allow all the other elements.
- Racial Harmony: While the lack of racial harmony goes back to ancient times, that certainly doesn’t mean that we can’t overcome this obstacle. Our nation has moved forward largely by peaceful means over recent decades, including the election of an African-American president. Many other nations have also advanced in this march toward racial harmony. In our country we owe much of this nonviolent racial progress to Martin Luther King, Jr. See “Where Do We Go From Here?” in that great leader’s own words. The Golden Rule is especially important in treating others with respect.
- Ecological Harmony: We must tend to the world’s God-given environment — emphasizing natural beauty and perpetual conservation. Concurrently, we must achieve a balance between those worthy goals and the necessity of rescuing those in abject poverty as well as maintaining all nations’ economic progress.
- Health: Technology and medical science are vital to advance the health of the world’s population. Additionally, our own physical, mental and spiritual habits must embody disciplines that promote good health. Death is inevitable until God acts to prevent it, but wholesome, active behavior can result in longer and longer lives as medical science, our habits and economic means progress.
- Moral Purpose and Meaning: Moral purpose and meaning is perhaps the hardest element to achieve. We do not always do the right thing day by day. Our DNA and environments are not perfect. We have weaknesses that can result in horrors such as the Holocaust. But our flaws do not mean that a nurturing environment can’t lead to success after success until God finally takes over and pulls us out of the misery of our human condition.
When you consider the above, think about this excerpt from the New Testament, Matthew 19:26, “with God all things are possible.”
About the Author:
John E. Wade II, born in Decatur, Alabama and longtime New Orleans resident, is a philanthropist, an investor, and a retired accountant, who is an active member of his church. Wade began writing in 1998 and has published many essays, blogs, and book reviews, as well as one book filled with his own essays, Deep Within My Heart, and three books that he has co-authored. His first, How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth, is a collection of 101 essays from great writers and thinkers around the world; Glimpses of Heaven on Earth, is a book of inspiring quotations and insightful essays by Wade and his four co-authors; Ronald Reagan’s Wisdom for the Twenty-First Century excerpts some of Reagan’s most insightful and pithy quotations from before, during, and even after his presidency, coupled with commentary highlighting the ways in which Reagan’s wisdom is as relevant as ever.
In 2006, Wade founded the charity, Soldiers of Love, which encourages and enables ordinary citizens to work toward a better world, and in 2011 Wade began producing a television series, A World That Works, that relates to his goal of achieving a heaven on earth.
In his free time, Wade likes to travel the world and learn about other cultures. He also enjoys exploring his hometown of New Orleans, enjoying the unique food, architecture, especially his beloved Garden District neighborhood, and music. Wade also regularly attends New Orleans Saints games—he even traveled to cheer them on to victory in the Super Bowl—as well as football games at Mississippi State University, where the Davis Wade Stadium was named after his father.