This morning as I wandered thru lots of reading, paged by a couple TV programs (Hagee) proclaiming the "Truth" it hit me.
What if, just what if, we are all wrong about the end times? That those who are living in such absolute certitude about these things are just in error. What difference does it make, if any?
How should we live if everything we believe is wrong? I let you insert your particular brand of end times theology here. What if that is absolutely incorrect? Or half right.
Does it, should it, must it, make any difference to your life, your family, your work, your ministry, your involvement, your trust in Jesus.
IF the answer is, YES, my end times theology has great influence on how I live my life today, then the question that must be asked is, WHY?
If we are to live is Christ and to die is Gain, then what's the point. There's nothing your worrying about end times will make a whit of difference at all.
- We are supposed to win souls, even if the end isn't for trillions of years.
- We are supposed to cooperate with God to establish the Kingdom
- We are supposed to love one another
- We are supposed to Love God with all our hearts minds and souls and our neighbor as ourselves.
- We are supposed to live each day as if it's our last, redeeming the time for the days are evil
- We are supposed to carry out the good works for which we were created
- We are supposed to be Holy as HE is Holy
- We are supposed to Gather together
- We are supposed to be Salt and Light in a tasteless and dark place
- We are supposed to be strong and courageous. Fearing not. Bold as a lion.
What part of any end time theology is supported over any other in this partial list of who we are to be in Christ? NOW, to be fair, some end time theologies have fear at their heart. People living in their basements fearing the end, waiting for the rapture, taking bets on when it's going to be like some eschatological horse race.
Why don't we just set about doing what Father placed us here to do, be aggressive in that and from that become who we were purposed to be here on earth?
Any theology of the end times that inhibits who you were created to be is false.
To be fair, there are great comforts, blessed hopes, wonderful thoughts in much of what people believe. Would I love to ride my white horse along side Jesus descending from the clouds. SURE. Would I love to be taken out when the hard times come, you bet. Would I like to avoid tribulation? Sure. Would being raptured out just as the next credit card collector calls be a good play? YEP. BUT!!!
IF those things do or do not happen, what does that have to do with how I live my life today?
Jesus says, Matthew 6:33 " seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Why does so much of what is taught in today's end time arguments seem to go against what Jesus said. Don't worry about tomorrow. Live today. That is the word of the Lord.
Whatever happens in the end, you were probably wrong about most of it, that goes for Every Single end time theory. Too much energy is wasted on these foolish speculations.