World Ending Blood Moon

Time seemed deliberately slow as I watched last Sunday’s blood moon. As I waited, I thought about all of those prophetic warnings the blood moon signified—global unrest, financial disasters, food shortages, even the beginning of the end of the world. Some of those warnings are warranted—there are food shortages, global unrest; even unrest in our communities, financial disasters, and without question, there's evil. 

But Monday came, not the end of the world.

Christians aren’t the only faith groups that talk about the end-times, but it seems for some Christians it takes on an urgency that others view as whacky. Especially when we read about some living in bunkers waiting for God’s pending judgment on the world.

In full disclosure, during Y2K, I purchased food supplies ahead of the computer crash crisis. January 2000 arrived without dire consequences and eventually we ate the extra food. Lesson learned. But frequent world-ending predictions don’t help our Christian cause.

Even Jesus didn’t know when the end of the world would be. Rather than worry about it, he said to get busy doing the work he wanted us to do—taking care of the widows and the orphans. There are many poor, sick, and hurting who could use us.

The Book of Revelation’s apocalyptic predictions sell lots of books, make exciting movies, and propel some to go into hiding. But those prophetic words are meant to warn believers that there is work to do and we don’t know how much time we have to do it.

Yes, there are warnings to heed, but we can easily worry so much about the future, that we waste the time we have now.

Back when I was a teen we sang a song that said, “They will know we are Christians by our love.” I’d like to be known for love not false alarms.

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