As we've talked lately about "final things", I wanted to share a bit more. With the teens lately, on Sunday nights, we had been doing a study on the book of revelation. Mostly the fact that this book is the Revelation of Jesus Christ...and NOT a road map for what is to come.
Over the past few months, if I've wanted to have an interesting, and one-sided conversation with someone, all I needed to do was mention the above fact.
Most people are quick to agree that the book is all about revealing Jesus Christ, but then just as quick to say things like:
"Well, it won't matter anyway. The way the world is today, it can't be long before we all get raptured out of here."
"I just hope I'm a part of that 144,000 that God protects."
"I just know that God has blessed our country so far, because we've stood with the Jews. As long as we continue, we should be alright."
"You can be sure I won't be getting one of them microchips inserted under my skin. The mark of the beast, you know."
All of the above statements were said by protestant, "born-again" Christians.
I believe this backs up my previous thoughts, that these things are definitely NOT peripheral aspects of our faith. The way these people are living, and their perceived mission of the Church comes precisely from these areas, and none of these is helpful: (in order, as above)
"I'm focusing on what will happen AFTER I leave this nasty place."
"I'm afraid that I'm going to somehow 'miss out' on God's best."
"God favors our country, but only because we protect the Jews."
"I'm afraid of accidentally supporting the anti-Christ....is that him? or is that him? or is that him? whew, that one's not him, I can support him I guess."
Lord help us.
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