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Sign that the apocalypse is NOT upon us.

May 3, 2007

This weeks sign comes from beekeepers, I had to look that up to make sure it was one word you know. This is one of many articles dealing with the loss of bees and the impending doom that will follow.

Why do I bring this up? It sounds pretty scary and the predictions are dire if nothing is done and I’ll be honest maybe nothing will be done but what I really want to focus on is that innate part of us that always sees gloom and doom.

Do you remember 2000 and the Y2K bug? We had a friend who is still eating boxed food after that one, lucky his wife didn’t leave him I suspect. He gave us directions to his fortress hideaway, we were to young and naive to understand the situation. Hey at least I’m not eating freeze dried eggs for the rest of my life.

Every generation believes the apocalypse is upon them. IN the dust bowl people thought for sure that was the end. They watched the dark clouds of dust roll in and they thought it was the end. The Cuban Missile crisis came and another moment of apocalyptic end was in view. The list goes on from the plague in the middle ages to the Crusades.

Something inside of us tells us the end is always near, bad things are happening, something is not right so we should prepare for the worst.

What really fascinates me is that this is not a religious mindset per say. Check out the global warming sites and to hear their apocalyptic prophesies. They Y2K bug was certainly grabbed by believers but we were not the only ones.

Why do you think that is? Why do you think God hard wired that into our DNA? The irony is when the generation finally does come that says I told you so it won’t matter that they can tell us so.

I think God instilled it in us so that we can make progress. The text of the NT are full of this idea, the end is near. I think we need it to move forward, to make progress. I think we need to for change. We procrastinate and we put things off and yet gloom and doom tends to put people into action.

I also wonder if it is a built in reminder that certain things are just bigger than us (By the way that is God if you didn’t know). We have a hard time not getting to big for our britches. Some feeling internally that says the apocalypse is upon us tends to put us in our place. I also think it pushes us to redemption and salvation.

We can’t overcome this desire and yet no amount of human effort seems to help. Each time this apocalyptic feeling invades it is because the task seems too great. If you have ever watched the original War of the World and seen the people in prayer you know that it is when we see no way out that we turn to God.

Have you ever done the numbers to see what we would have to do to reverse global warming if it is even true? Al Gore not withstanding if we can really slow it reverse it would bankrupt the country.

The reason I think the apocalypse is not upon us this week, well it’s because everyone has always thought the apocalypse was upon them and so far they haven’t got it right. When Jesus told the disciples that there would be wars and rumors of wars every generation could say it is now, and I think that was the point. Maybe that is why love drives out fear, we don’t have to fear the apocalypse whether it comes or not.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Sexton permalink
    May 3, 2007 3:22 pm

    The end will come when it comes. Rather than wasting time trying to find out when the end will be, I’d rather use that time to be ready for it when it finally does come. Anyone who dies in this world is facing their very own end times anyway, wouldn’t it be nice to know that we have used our time well and prepared them for the next step?

    I will worry about the apocalypse when Jesus does…

  2. May 8, 2007 2:01 pm

    I think Jim touched on something important to your questions, Darin. Death. We do experience our little apocolypse everytime someone we love dies, and we live with the constat repressed awareness that one day we will die. It’s inevitable. Maybe it’s more psychologically acceptable to think about the end in more general catastrophic terms than in our own particular terms.

    Thank God that Jesus has defeated the sting of death.

  3. May 8, 2007 2:35 pm

    Darin … Thanks for posting on this subject. Not too many people like to talk, post or preach on this. I think we’ve all just given up that it’ll ever happen.


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