I’ve been hearing, rather often, people saying we’re in the end times. By this, people generally seem to mean that Jesus is coming back any time now. (Along with this is the person’s specific belief in how the end of the world will all go down.) Usually I hear someone make this statement whenever the person hears of or experiences something bad in the world. That bad thing is verbally and mentally added to evidence they see around them that indicate that the “second coming of Jesus” is getting close.
It seems that the statement is often made with resignation.
I bring this up in this blog because I’ve heard something of this response when issues of injustice are mentioned. Sometimes it seems that people have made up their minds that “this is just the way it is going to be” because of the times.
In light of this I want to pose several questions:
What if the second coming of Jesus didn’t happen for another 100 years? How about 500? Or 1,000? What if it’s not the way we image it, the way we think it will be, or the way espoused by our particular Christian culture?
Would it change the way you see the world? Current events? The call of the church?
Is there any scripture that says that things can’t get radically better in any part of the world (or the whole world itself?) through the transforming work of Jesus? Is there any indication that the Kingdom cannot come into places- whether it be within gangs or whole countries- once thought “too far gone”? Where does Jesus give a limit on how big and extensive this can be?
I don’t wish to argue about what the end times mean and where we are in this. I simply want to consider how our views may affect how we respond to people and events in the world.
We are asked to pray for His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. We are called to go and make disciples of all nations. We are empowered to do “greater things that these” that were done by Jesus before His crucifixion.
I, for one, am hoping in things that other people say is just plain crazy.