So I’ve been all kinds of silent when it comes to this blog thing lately but I just dont want to write anything that I feel isn’t worth anyones time. And lets face it, most of what goes on in my head is better off if it stays there. lol
Anyway, lets get to this. :)
Today is “Rapture Day”! (apparently). As we all know, some guy and a few others have spent the last few months ‘warning’ all of us about what is supposed to happen today. In case you aren’t aware, to some Christians (not Catholics), the rapture is when Jesus comes (second coming) and secretly takes ‘true Christians’ up to Heaven to spare them from the horrible events that will occur at the end of the world (apparently Oct 21, 2011). Side note: Catholics and various other Christians do not believe in this because we do not believe Jesus will come twice (1: to save true Christians, 2: when the world ends/Judgement day).
The Catholic Church, Orthodox church and most Protestants, do believe in Christ’s second (and FINAL) coming but we believe it just as scripture tells us:
"Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of Heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” Mat. 24:35-36
Its plain and simple. No need for math or secret codes. Of all the metaphors and poetic wording the bible contains, God laid this out straight up. He will come. But no one knows when. In Luke 12:40 it also says to be prepared for at a time no one knows, Jesus will come again. Once again, plain and simple.
But in this whole ‘rapture day’ debacle, I’ve noticed a few things that kinda just made me go Hmmm…
1. People are making rapture day jokes like there is no tomorrow… hahaha ok sorry, I had to. ;)
2. I’ve heard a lot of this, “No the world cant end now! I haven’t done _____ yet.” or “I have big plans this weekend, I hope the world doesn’t end.”
Now, this intrigues me and with all the jokes aside, it really made me wake up. As Christians our sole purpose in life is to get to Heaven. To attain everlasting life. So much of scripture tells us to aim for heaven, to detach from this world (1 John 2:15, James 4:4, 1 Peter 4:7) yet in the past few days, how many of us have found ourselves feeling disappointed when talking about the ‘end of the world’?
And it is not even in just the past few days, but in our everyday lives. Have we become numb to our true goal? Have we lost sight of what our true desires are? How often do we really put life on earth before Heaven? and even more so, how many little, pointless things do we put before our desires of Heaven? Think about it. Really stop and just think about those questions. Since when has a Memorial day weekend BBQ become more desirable than everlasting life?
Now I know that may sound silly and you might be thinking, “thats not what I meant. Of course Heaven is better…” But ultimately, we must remember that what we say and how we act in our daily lives is a direct reflection of our priorities. If we continue to put off going to confession for another week, then that shows how much we condone our sin. If we continue to neglect our prayer lives, that shows how little we care about our relationship with God. If we really feel disappointed at the thought of the world ending because we haven’t done this or that, then our priority is this world and this life. Not Heaven. Not Jesus. Not everlasting life. Plain and simple.
Certainly, God has placed us in the world for a reason and has made us social beings who love and laugh and enjoy life. But we need to remember that this isn’t the ultimate life. This isn’t even the beginning of what is to come for us. We must remember that we live IN this beautiful world, but not OF it.
Matthew 26:41 once again says it plain and simple,
"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak."