I'm Beginning To Doubt We Really Mean It
You know ... longing for Jesus' return.
The shout & the trumpet. The rapture (which most would prefer, to death....).
The End Times.
Do we really know what that means? Are we going to be discouraged when we see the signs? Or are we going to throw a fit when we don't get our way?
I fear it's the latter.
Jesus went to some lengths to explain some of the signs we'd see. Earthquakes in various places. Heard of any of those, lately?
Wars and rumors of wars. ISIS, anybody?
Nation rising up against nation? Russia and the Ukraine spring to mind.
Now, we don't mind any of that stuff, since it's all happening overseas. So we "amen" it and continue on as is, in our churches. But then......
Now there's a game-changer!
I have to ask "why?" Why should we be surprised at this? Toss in drug abuse, political turmoil, gangs, crime, and all the rest, and isn't this the way it's supposed to be?
Jesus spoke some interesting words about what it'd be like:
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away."
Did you catch that? Just like the days of Noah? The time when God got so sick of the actions of the people that he wiped them all off the face of the earth, except for 6 who were OK with Him?
I kind of figure that's just about how it is, now.Of course, our position is that gay "marriage" is wrong, scripturally, and no laws or ordinances or court decisions will change that. But do we really expect non-believers to abide by scriptural principles? More than they did in Noah's day?
Besides, if we could, as believers, rise up and smite the laws and the court decisions and browbeat the great masses into lining up against gay "marriage", we'd leave them no better off than they are now.
Right standing before God has nothing to do with gay "marriage". Solving the gay "marriage" situation leaves people as lost as they ever were. The answer is their standing with God ... either righteous via faith in Jesus' redemptive sacrifice, or lost, right where they were before.
This is, indeed, a time for increased fervor and conviction in living happily as followers of Christ, and as happy to tell others about that relationship as we are telling them about our family or our job or our home.
Frankly, I see much more of a pall of sadness projected into the church, by abortion, gay "marriage", and the overall public acceptance of immorality, than I see of the church protecting an attitude of joy among the people. And if we can't show the world joy, something's vitally wrong in the church.
I choose to believe these are the End Times, and while I have no particular desire to miss death in favor of the rapture ... I mean, dying faithful is the ultimate act of trust in God, isn't it ... it is kind of exciting to see signs of the end times.
And not expecting mankind to just kind of "get all better".
That ain't gonna happen. God said so.