Friday, December 21, 2012

If the Mayans had been right, what would we have done differently today?

Here are some thoughts from another blogger that I follow, Russ Lawson, and how the Mayans affect the Christian.

I saw a headline today that said, "The world is going to end, guess we can all stop flossing."  The article started in this way, "The world will come to an end in just four days, and that's a huge relief because it means we can all finally stop flossing. I doubt your dental health is going to dramatically change before 12/21/12. You can also stop taking out the trash and paying all your bills."
Of course this is based upon an interpretation of the Mayan Calendar that says the world will end this Friday (if you are reading this later you know this was wrong). This interpretation is not like the Y2K days where much of the world was afraid of some catastrophe on January 1, 2000.  Those who anticipated that happening, prepared for the worst, while those who believe in the Mayan Calendar just want to stop doing anything.
Why pay bills, why send Christmas cards, why be nice to co-workers when (and if) the world ends on Friday? People stop living for the future because they don't think they have one!
This is not a new problem, we see something quite similar in the city of Thessalonica, (located in modern day Greece) somewhere around 60 AC. The Apostle Paul had been there and introduced them to Christ. He made a tremendous impression upon the people and many became Christians. They took to heart the message of the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior as well as the message that he is coming again to gather the faithful to him. In the first letter to the Thessalonians (4:13f) Paul specifically teaching about what will happen when Christ returns. He encouraged them to keep looking for Christ's return as if it could happen at anytime in Chapter 5. 
Those who read this believed it and began to prepare for it… somewhat. It appears though that some believed the teaching of Christ's imminent return so strongly, that they just quit living their daily lives or even going to work. They just wanted to set around and pray or read the scriptures because Christ was coming back at anytime and nothing else mattered. That is one of the reasons I believe that Paul penned 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 where he writes: "For even when we were with you, this we commanded you: that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some among you who walk disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are such, we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ that they work with quietness and eat their own bread."
Here is the problem for us today. We need to live our lives as if Christ is going to returntoday, but live everyday as servants of God, doing our work the best we can do it (as  unto the Lord). Yes, God is coming back some time to claim his own. When? No one knows when, except for God himself, (Matthew 24:36-37).
So, Keep on flossing, keep on going to work, keep on paying your bills, keep on being nice to folks and in general living your life like you will live forever! Because, if you are right with God, you will! Philippians 3:20 tells us, "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ

Russ Lawson, Messages From The Heart

Saturday, December 15, 2012

An Introduction to ToP

Let me tell you my definition of “provocation”. One of the words used to define provoke is, “challenge”. I want to challenge you, the reader, to think. Lately, I’ve taken to listening to another preacher. I think he cast a net to many preachers on facebook, so I accepted his friend request. He has challenged my attitude in marriage, with regards to marriage. I wasn’t entirely wrong, but I have come to realize that I wasn’t entirely correct. For example, it is said that two are needed to make a marriage, but only one to end it. Given the advice from Paul and Peter to those married to unbelievers, Mark Gungor has challenged me to rethink that axiom. Paul and Peter are just talking to half of the married couple, be it husband or wife, who happens to be the believer. Therefore, it takes one to save a marriage, but two to end it. This is one example of where I was provoked in thought. (Of course there is a disclaimer here: I do not fully agree theologically with him. There are but few preachers where I am in line with them.) Now NOT ALL thoughts will come from my listening to Brother Mark’s shows. He merely serves as an initial source of thought.