Saturday, May 21, 2011

It's the End of the World As We Know It

So today's the day.  Harold Camping, a Christian radio host, says today is judgment day.  This evening at 6:00 the rapture will take place.  He and his faithful listeners have spent $100 million to get the word out, and now they wait out the hours, while the world laughs at them.

How I wish he was right.  I would be thrilled to think that within the next 12 hours, we'll be home with Jesus.  I'd love to know that before the day is over, sin and death would be no more - no more tears, no more sorrow.  But scripture doesn't tell me that.  From my own reading of scripture, I fully expect to wake up tomorrow morning here in Ohio for another day of life, and that's OK.

I'm reminded of a song by the Christian band White Heart.  20 years ago they sang a song that said, "Maybe today, maybe tomorrow, that's not the question for me...no matter how long, I'm going to follow the Maker of all eternity."  Would I love to see Jesus come back today?  Absolutely!  But does it matter if it's today, tomorrow, or 100 years from now?  Not really.  It's in His hands.  I guess what that means for me is that I need to live every day for Jesus, not worrying about whether today's the day or not.  We'll see Him eventually.  But for today, I get to live with the knowledge of His presence, walking and talking with Him, even if it's not yet face to face.  I get to enjoy the joy of His salvation, the wonder of His grace, and the hope for greater things yet to come - in His time.

As you read this, please pray for Mr. Camping and his listeners.  They're in for a very real disappointment today, followed by discouragement tomorrow.  Pray for comfort and strength for them, and pray that they would find the truth in Scripture - that what matters is not when, but that they are living in Jesus every day.

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