With an election on the distant horizon, I am sure we are all just dying to hear all the ridiculous things that people are going to say. But we can take heart that hearing that President Obama is the anti-Christ is nearly over. Or is it? Muhaha. One thing that we may have to look forward to again is how down-right excited some politicians seem for the signs of the end times. They can barely contain themselves sometimes. Oh how exciting…. Wait, have they read Revelations? What exactly are you people looking forward to?
We’ve all heard the sermons encouraging us to love not the world, but it seems to me that some people have taken this concept as a way to treat this earth and it’s people with at best indifference, at worst hostility and outright disregard. We see it everywhere. From cakes to tips, Obama to ISIS, it’s as if these people are elated that ‘the end of the world is nigh.’ Michelle Bachman said this :”Rather than seeing this as a negative, we need to rejoice, Maranatha Come Lord Jesus, His day is at hand. When we see up is down and right is called wrong, when this is happening, we were told this; these days would be as the days of Noah.” Rejoice, Christians will be killed in droves! Rejoice, the blood will run until it’s like a sea! Rejoice, millions of sinners have lost the chance to accept Christ as Savior and will spend eternity in hell (as most of them believe)!
And why do they feel this way? Because of Tim LaHaye and Kirk Cameron. Ok, so really it was Darby in the 1800’s, then Scofield, Ironside, and a couple other contemporaries. I blame the books and movies for the vivid picture that it has placed in people’s heads. Majority of Christians now believe that they will not endure any of the tribulations. We get warped right on up to Heaven to eat grapes and watch the world implode. After all, the very beginning of the books is the rapture. So rejoice, we’re out of here.
I could debate the particulars about pre-tribulation and post-tribulation, pre-millenialism, post millenialism, amillenialism etc. But honestly, eschatology is my least favorite Christian intellectual pursuit. It doesn’t really interest me. Besides that, it’s not the point. The point is if the world is going to end soon and you believe that all the people on this earth will soon face judgment, shouldn’t that put a fire under our asses to get out there and be decent human beings who build relationships with people who reflect Christ so as to soften hearts to the Holy Spirit? Shouldn’t we mourning the souls that we can’t reach? Shouldn’t we give a shit? Are we so selfish that if we don’t have to endure a hardship we can look happily on it? Yay, ISIS is killings people in horrific ways everyday, things are getting worse, what a blessing! At least we’re here in our big comfy chair watching the people die on youtube. Hurry up and kill more people, it’ll make the Lord come more quickly.
Come on guys. Who cares what you believe about the particulars of the end of the world. All it should change is the way you feel about making every day count. All it should change is your feeling of urgency to make each day better for someone else. To take this gift of time we’ve been given to love, and serve, and live. If all a potential leader is excited about is making lives worse to hasten the coming of Christ…. is that what you want? Someone in power who’s going rejoice in the worst. Or do you want someone who sees each tragedy as a tragedy and uses it to learn how to prevent another one? I promise you, God is not rejoicing in the worst.
Additional Reading and where I stole the picture.
Other posts in the series:
Twisted Christianity: Cutting out Christ
Twisted Christianity: Anti-Environmentalism
Twisted Christianity: Why Pat Robertson is more dangerous than Westboro
Twisted Christianity: Depending on God vs. God’s Puppet