Saturday, June 30, 2012

Ignoring the Obvious


Many people—unhappily, many who consider themselves Christian believers—are so involved with personal concerns and interests that they ignore the obvious governmental and societal intrusions into their lives.
Jesus warned believers in response to a question from his disciples, that they should remain alert and watch for the signs he mentions in Matthew 24. There is no room for ignorance. Yet Jesus also noted that, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark” (Matthew 24:32-29 NIV).
The people were involved with totally normal activities which distracted them from exploring and understanding the signs of the times. People were so self-centered that they failed to note the promises of God to set absolute limits on their freedoms.
In the present time (2012) believers are inundated with so many concerns that it often seems impossible to keep up with them all. Yet we must, or be in danger of being like the half of the ten virgins waiting for the promised bridegroom—Matthew 25:1-13—who failed to be prepared for the bridegroom’s coming.
Of course, we must take care of the multitude of things requiring our attention, but we cannot continue to allow ourselves to be distracted by trivial matters—sports, so-called “reality” entertainment, and such to the exclusion of more substantive matters—world events impacting on our lives.
We must depart from Fat, Dumb and Happy Land and return to a place where we hold our leaders responsible for acting in full integrity.
We must not go quietly into the night!

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