And the storm inside was raging
It was howling like the wind at the Pentecost
And His love was teaching us a language
We thought was lost
Andrew Peterson, Don’t Give Up On Me, on Resurrection Letters Volume II (2008).
What has eschatology to do with ethics? What has the new heavens and the new earth for which we long to do with my moral struggles here and now? Exactly this: Love is not our duty. It is our destiny. Love is the language they speak in the new creation — and we get to learn it here. Oh, it’s difficult. There are lots of irregular verbs. There’s vocabulary that’ll be very difficult to get into your head, and get your tongue around. But learn it, and one day you’ll be singing in it.
N. T. Wright, After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters, held by the Center for Faith & Work, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York, NY (lecture, Apr. 20, 2010).