3 things to learn from the end of the world.

Weekend reminder guys: May 21st is actually judgement day, so make a mental note or set up a calendar request or something.

Would hate for you to miss that.

Here’s what’s going on (in case you’re the only person who missed it): the founder of Family Radio has predicted the end of the world will come at 6 PM on May 21, 2011.  In his words:

God has given sooo much information in the Bible about this, and so many proofs, and so many signs, that we know it is absolutely going to happen without any question at all. There’s nothing in the Bible that God has ever prophesied — there’s many things that he prophesied would happen and they always have happened — but there’snothing in the Bible that holds a candle to the amount of information to this tremendous truth of the end of the world. I would be absolutely in rebellion against God if I thought anything other than it is absolutely going to happen without any question.

You can read more about what Harold thinks here.  Fascinating interview.

In all seriousness, I think there are a couple of really great things to learn from the folks who are communicating the end of the world:

1. Don’t engage in foolish and stupid arguments. Gosh, just in the very writing of this post I have to beat down the temptation to spend my energy on foolish things.  The easiest way to get readers for your blog is to engage in the next foolish and stupid argument of the day, but I want to be someone who uses opportunities like this to talk about the things that matter, not to get more attention for myself.

I want to keep the main thing the main thing.  But I’m getting ahead of myself, that’s actually point number two:

2. Speak where Scripture speaks. It’s hard to walk away from the Bible convinced that the main thrust of Scripture is that we should be ready for judgement day on May 21st.  You would have to do some crazy acrobatics to reach that conclusion.

I try to consider things in their proper order, giving weight to the things that are given weight in scripture, and not spending myself on things where time and energy isn’t given in Scripture.  One of the best things about the Bible is that we don’t have to guess what God is passionate about, He tells us.

I highly doubt that you are someone who speaks about things like the end of the world, but this doesn’t mean this lesson isn’t for you.

Where are the places in your life when you are using your time and energy trying to determine or proclaim things that the Bible doesn’t tell you?  Are you more concerned with who you’re going to marry than how you’re supposed to act today?  What determines your truth? Your feelings or thoughts or the Word of God?

Are you anxious, even now, because you’re spending your mental capacity thinking about all the things you don’t know rather than trusting in the things you do?

3. Live a pitiable life. There are people who have sold everything they have to prepare for Saturday.  They have leveraged all their resources, their time, their energy, their money – to get the message out that the world will be ending on May 21st.  And let me tell you, when May 22nd comes around, they are going to be pitiable.

When I hear about them all I can think is Paul in 1 Corinthians:

If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. (1 Corinthians 15:19)

Paul says that you and I should live in such a way that if we’re wrong about the flip side, we will have wasted our lives.

Wouldn’t it be great if Christian’s lived with as much faith in the cause of Christ as these guys have in May 21st?

The call of a Christian isn’t to build a safety net so that you somehow get the best of both worlds.  The call of a Christian is to spend everything you have in this life preparing for the next.

So here’s the question: Are you living a pitiable life?

2 thoughts on “3 things to learn from the end of the world.

  1. I have to share this… Last year my former co-worker’s sister-in-law came to visit. She’s been living in the US for quite some time now. She came in to the hospital where I used to work at and handed us all brochures that explained how they knew the rapture was going to happen on May 21st. She had a nice home in NYC – she sold it and rented a place. She had property in Brasil – she sold that as well. She spent about $200 in material so she could spend her days here “evangelizing”. There was no talking to her. We tried, believe me! I felt bad for her. The only thing I could think about was “what is she going to do come May 21st, after she realizes they were all wrong?”

    Anyways.. All that was to say that I agree 100% with what you said. “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing” – Steven Covey

    “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” Matthew 25:13

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