It’s Not the End of the World (sad face)

Tomorrow, December 21st, 2012, the ancient Mayan Calendar will have run its course, sparking the half-serious predictions that the World itself will expire with fire and brimstone. However serious these people are, or claim to be, regarding their opinions on the end of the world, it is fair to say that most people will blow them off. We’re all still making plans for Christmas, New Years’ Eve, and beyond. No problem.

But what baffles me is the response to these claims given by many Christians. For every guess on the world’s expiration date, there will be God-fearing people running to their Bibles to point out Matthew 24:36 and basically tell everyone to stop guessing or thinking about the return of Christ. It’s true, we will never be able to guess when Jesus will come back. But that is no reason to be silent!

As Christians, we have more reason than any to long for the day of His return to reunite us with God the father. And yet, rather than spreading the gospel and readying ourselves for that day, we are cynical and highbrow, and unsympathetic. Simply put, we are not gracious to those who do not share the gift of God’s grace. That needs to change.

No, this does not mean riding the apocalypse hype to stir up a last-chance revival. That is not faith. It does mean that we should be longing for Jesus’ return every day. Are we?

“Oh, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, the clouds be rolled back as a scroll- the trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend, even so, it is well with my soul!”

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Thanksgiving Thoughts

We’re just shy of only one day to go before Thanksgiving Day. And yet, who would know, with the paradoxical buildup of Black Friday sales crowding out the national holiday for giving thanks. Many stores don’t even wait until the end of the holiday before pulling the masses out of their delusions of contentment and back into the real world. The bite, scratch, claw, tear, push, pull, trample-your-way-to-the-front world that we have all come to know and love.

Are we that far gone that we cannot even set aside one single day to stop worrying about what we do not have and be happy with what God has given us? Is it so hard?

And no, I am not condemning Black Friday. Nor would I do so to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the football games, or even the food itself, all of which can and do often steal too much of our focus this time of year.

To put things into a different perspective, will whatever you buy Friday morning be on the list of things you’re thankful for next Thanksgiving? Do you remember what you bought last year? Was it worth it? You might be thankful for it next year. It might have been worth it. And if it was, great. But let us not forget to say a prayer and give thanks for everything this Thursday, and every other day. You’ll be a happier person doing it.

What Is This?

Hi!

Thanks for finding my blog. I truly hope it is worth your while to read, and worth my while to write. To make it so, I intend to post within the following guidelines, which you may want to take a look at before reading further on this particular blog.

First, I’ve decided to remain anonymous in my writings, as this blog is not designed to be about me in the first place. I will say about myself, however, that I have a lot of opinions. I will also make clear that I am a Christian, saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that I try to base my opinions on the Bible as closely as I can. This doesn’t mean that every Bible-believing Christian agrees about everything, of course. I may come back to this truth in a later post, but I’ll leave it at that for the time being. The point I wish to make is that our culture has produced many controversies over morality, theology, philosophy, human rights, and less important things too numerous to list. It is my intention to use this blog to voice my own thoughts and take my stand on these issues.

But, why? What makes my opinions more worth anyone’s time or concern than anyone else’s? Why should you care what this anonymous stranger believes? Both very fair questions. The answer to the first is, nothing. My opinions are, in the grand scheme of things, pretty worthless to the vast majority of people. And it is true, you should be more concerned with working out what you believe and why you believe it, rather than listening to my answers. Right?

Or is it possible that, our opinions are worth something to each other, because they help us to formulate our own opinions and think more deeply and completely? This is my opinion on the matter. When we listen to one another’s opinions respectfully and carefully, and weigh them based on the Word of God, it is inevitable that our own beliefs will become stronger through the exercise of evaluation and comparison.

This is the reason for my blog. Read, think, learn if you feel like it, and hopefully, enjoy.