It’s the end of the world (as we know it)

…and I feel fine. I wanted to put that out there right up front, since this is not meant to be a gloom and doom kind of post.

If you’ve been in a church, like, ever, or you know someone who is remotely “religious” or even genuinely Christian, you’ve probably heard some speculation about the “end times”. Growing up, such talk terrified me. I honestly would have preferred a normal death to some terrifying Revelation reality. That was before a little book called “Heaven” by a terrifically imaginative author, Randy Alcorn.

Regardless of my changed heart to all things eternal, I still don’t find it too worthwhile to dwell on the Lord’s return, since he’s pretty clear on us not knowing the exact time.

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 NIV)

I cheerfully consider myself one of the children of the day, so reading through Revelations no longer scares me. My favorite comment was this recent gem: “I don’t know if these are the end times, but I do know we are closer today than we were yesterday”. Of course, that has been true every single day since Christ ascended. Let that give you some sense of perspective. In those days the Apostles thought they were in the end times.

One thing has held me back from a serious consideration or speculation. I have a hard time believing that God will allow all the death and destruction and war to happen outside these United States. That’s why this story of a random act of violence in Oklahoma, where a recent convert to Islam stabbed and beheaded one woman and stabbed another before being shot, is so alarming.

Saad Mohammad, a spokesman for the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, told NewsOK.com that any anti-Muslim sentiments local residents might have could be heightened due to the beheadings and violence overseas by Islamic State militants. “They have this ISIS thing on their minds and now this guy has brought it to America,” Mohammad told the website.

The urgency this should prompt is only this: whether the end is at hand or not, we are on this earth for a short time. Our end is at hand.  My end. Your end. What are we doing with the moments we have left?

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