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!”