I grew up in an evangelical home. From the time I was just a little kid, I can remember wrestling with fears about getting left behind from the rapture, and whether this or that conflict that had started in the Middle East was going to ignite Armageddon. Our house had books around that outlined just how bad it was going to be for people during the Great Tribulation, and warning us all about the rise of technology which fulfills all the apocalyptic prophecies of the Bible. My mom stockpiled freeze-dried food in a storage closet. She bought property in Northern Florida, twenty acres of land which could be turned into a self sufficient, off the grid haven of refuge for those escaping from the Antichrist…because clearly, the Antichrist wont look for people in the woods.
It’s a wonder I’m sane at all. (I know…that point is debatable, but please do it behind my back and let me feel okay about myself)
What emotional attitude do you think is most dominant when it comes to speculation about the end of the world? Jesus was asked about the end of the world in the passage we’re going to read this Sunday – Luke 21:6-19
As you read this (and I mean REALLY read what he says…don’t just insert all the adjustments and qualifiers that seem to always go along with what he said)…Do you think Jesus was trying to incite fear in his followers? When he described events that were going to happen, what did he say about those events? More pointedly, if you imagined Jesus writing a book about how to live during the last days….what do you think it would say?
How do you react to the idea of the world coming to an end? Fear, anxiety, anticipation, excited expectation? Share your thoughts.
Hope to see you on Sunday.