“I will make ... you new and gloriously perfect!”
In which, you are ineffective and every day is one step closer to death... but this is good news.
I am making everything new! This is the opposite of what is always happening in your world of death and decay.
Our world, huh? If God created this world, created us, and swaddled us in death and decay... There's a case that it's God's world.
Assuming, for the moment, responsibility for all the problems on the Earth: if we are created in “God's image” and we are profoundly broken and shitty... what does that say about God?
The world is in such a desperately fallen condition that there is only one remedy for it: making everything new. So do not be discouraged when your efforts to improve matters are unsuccessful. All things—including your efforts—are tainted by the Fall.
In this interpretation we're doomed to failure and we must wait for God (who is withholding the only solution). This helpless Christian trope is both tedious and shameful. Jesus didn't sit around waiting for “dad to fix it” in the gospels.
The “Fall” is an incident from our earliest days on the planet, thousands of years ago. God is big mad about it even though god doesn't hold the sins of the father against the son, except this time and this other time (in a song about ethnic cleansing!).
In the end, though, God will fix it. How is that going to work?:
... at the end of time ... I will make everything—including you—new and gloriously perfect
[we need] more than a tune-up or an overhaul. It needs to be made completely new!
Two conflicting thoughts:
Just fucking do it now. 25+ million Indians starved to death under British colonial rule, but not before watching their children die. This show jumped the shark ages ago. Billions of lives lived in agony; wrap it up already.
I am a conflagration of flaws. If God makes an entirely new me from better stuff, how will this in any meaningful way be me? Why not cut out the middleman; make a new “good stuff” soul, skip the earth, then put that intact soul into heaven?
Christians are welcome to rebut my interpretations. Rationalizing our actions and beliefs is a very human trait; I don't seek to destroy the spiritual variations on this theme.
I prefer a simpler theory: We should prefer the observable. Thus far, God remains undiscovered. We can exert the limited power we've attained to reduce suffering and increase agency in measurable ways. Appealing to higher authority is not demonstrably an effective substitute. Spirituality can be studied further, but should be neither a first course of action nor the primary guiding principle for social interaction.