Friday, May 20, 2011

Check with Me on Saturday After 6:00 P.M.

I've got a couple of engagements Saturday evening, including a dinner party at 7:00 pm. And a preaching engagement at the church of a friend of mine Sunday start at 10:00 am.

Should I be thoughtful and tell them all I won't be there?!

I'll confess, I've not spent a great deal of time thinking about the world ending on May 21st. Mostly this weekend has meant that its been a year since my father passed.

According to my friend Jeff Weiss, there are a number of people lining up to criticize Harold Camping's prediction (PLEASE let's not call this prophecy) that the world will end on May 6:00 pm, no less!

Ok, well, here's the deal...

Whether you're a Christian who believes in the rapture or not, you are one who's taken care of what you and countless others believe to be the ultimate question in life, 'Is God real and does He love and care about me?'
The Christian faith means that the answer to that question is an unqualified YES, in Jesus Christ. So there's no need to become preoccupied with 'when the world will end'. Paul's second letter to the Church at Thessalonica was a warning to those who became so preoccupied with Jesus' second coming that some of them quit working (II Thessalonians 3:5-10).

Another friend, pastor Eric Folkerth (props for the video, Eric!), has it right, this whole business of eschatalogical prognostication is debunked by scripture "But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father" (Matthew 24:36). 

So, again to follow Eric's exhortation. Believers have work to do. Worship, serve, relieve the suffering of our neighbors and become a redemptive presence in a world that more often than not seems to be going to Hell in a hand basket. Leave the 'end of the world' to the One who created the world. If it does 'end' on May 21st Camping guessed right and, for you there's no problem. 

If he's wrong (guess what I'M betting on!), Sunday, I've got a sermon to preach and we all have to get back to work! 

Just like God said...

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