Monday, May 23, 2011
Did I Miss the End of the World
I felt pretty certain I could write about it after the fact. So here’s my take on the whole affair. First, I can’t believe how this story spread like wildfire. I’ve been a Christian since 1976, and Camping’s predictions are not something new. There’s been a multitude of people predicting the end of the world and the coming rapture. What’s new today is how fast the media can spread these crazy and ludicrous stories. Thanks to social media and the Internet, this story took on a life of it’s own.
As a Christian, I found all of this troubling as the Scriptures are very clear—no one will know the hour or the day. But what I really find troubling is the underlying issue which supports this type of escapism and delusional thinking. I can’t count the times that I’ve had people come up to me and tell me that the end must be near. How can Jesus not come back with the world in such a state—debauchery of every shape and form, sin rampant and out of control?
Now, I realize not every Christian is embracing this kind of thinking. But some believe the world is just so evil and so corrupt that there is no hope, so why try? They think all they can do is to bunker down and protect their family. It’s basically a hopeless situation. But, wait a minute, that’s not what the Word of God talks about. We are called as a force to change this world and bring about the Kingdom of God. We’re called to be witnesses and tell people about the things Jesus did. In other words, by living out our lives, we live out His reality in our lives. That’s how we become a witness. I don’t see any instances in the Bible that tells us to stop being a witness for Christ because the world has become too evil. (Have we forgotten the story of Nineveh and God’s direction for Jonah to go there and pronounce judgment—which resulted in Nineveh being converted.
We just think we’re living in the end times, the worst of the worst. I have no idea when Jesus is coming back, and frankly it doesn’t matter. We just need to be busy doing God’s work. There is still hope, and many need to hear His message.
That’s my spin on this story. It’s probably one you won’t read elsewhere.