Another Apocalypse Bites The Dust
Greetings my fellow peeps. Sorry for the lack of updates until now. As mentioned in previous posts, I moved, and even though it was four blocks from my previous place, it didn’t diminish the amount of complication involved. Like internet for example. It took ten days to get my internet installed.
But I won’t be writing a post about how in Peru, you can’t cancel your Telefonica internet service over the phone, but you have to go their central office and…use a phone there to talk to someone who spends 20 minutes trying to offer you other promotions before finally cancelling it.
Nor will this post be about how complicated it was to get their competition, Claro to come to my house and install the internet after 3 visits to their central office to complain that in ten days it still wasn’t installed.
This post is about the latest end of the world.
Why is it that every time there’s a supposed date for the end of the world, even though the majority of us don’t buy into it, there’s still a lot of hype surrounding it? I mean, I’m only 31 years old and I’ve seen several alleged rapture and end of the world dates come and go with lots of fanfare, but as you may have noticed, no actual end of the world (or did I miss something?).
You’d figure by now some of these prognosticators would give up on this, after seeing how wrong people keep getting it.
Granted, this time I didn’t hear too many Christians buying into it. Not that this didn’t stop people from promoting their material about why December 21st, 2012 would not be the end of the world.
I’m beginning to wonder if, as a Western culture, we’re getting desensitized to end of the world scenarios? More and more of my friends are abandoning a pre-tribulational rapture stance. However, even holding to a post-tribulation stance doesn’t negate this ambivalence I’m noticing more and more of in my friends and my generation towards allegedly being the last generation before Christ’s return.
I personally don’t believe we’re the last generation before Jesus comes back. I believe every generation since the early church has had a mandate to live as though his return was imminent, because, in the last 2000 years, long as that may seem, it’s still a blip in the whole grand scheme of eternity, so yes, the hour is urgent from that standpoint. Christ gave us a blueprint of things to expect and look for that must happen before He returns, or before the world is totally revamped. True Christians don’t fall for the hype every time a new date is set as to something catastrophic will allegedly happen to the world.
From a strictly scriptural standpoint, I cannot see evidence that we are living in the last days. I believe we ought not to live as though we were going to exit this life. I believe we’re to build and accomplish things for eternity using the time we have on this planet. Staring up at the sky waiting for the end tends to produce people like the foolish servant in the parable of the talents. Instead of investing it and producing more, he buried it and and when the owner came back, and asked for an account he hadn’t done anything–he had a lack of forward thinking (see Matthew 25:14-30).
We ought to make long-term plans to bring real, lasting transformation to the hearts and the lives we of those we as believers encounter. We’ve been placed upon this earth, not so that we can be in continual fear of it’s dissolution, but so that we could enjoy it and produce as much fruit for the kingdom of God as possible, whenever it is that it will be physically fulfilled in the earth.
In the meantime,
Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God. For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart. (Ecclesiastes 5:18-20, ESV)
Enjoy whatever you decide to do today, because, you’ll be here tomorrow more than likely.
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About Steve Bremner
Steve Bremner is a Canadian missionary to Peru, who is called to raise up disciples who flow in the power of the Holy Spirit within a missional community named Oikos. If you like Steve's blog, you'll also like his Kindle books. Note: this post may have contained affiliate links of which the author receives a small commission if you purchase something recommended in the post.