I had to put up a quick post. As everyone in San Diego knows, tomorrow is Judgment Day!
Well at least according to some billboards around town.
Aside from the obvious problems with predicting that the world as we know it is ending this weekend (Jesus saying NO one knows the day or the hours, all those green bananas I bought etc) there is another question I would like to pose.
WHAT IF GOD DOES NOT JUDGE THE WORLD TOMORROW?
I’m thinking that tomorrow is probably not Judgment day. I don’t think the Bible properly understood lends itself to laying out a schematic of future event. Yes, I am including those dispensational charts I was taught with lines, arrows of who’s going where when and arguments about when exactly we get to escape all the apocalyptic gnarlienss that God is going to unleash.
But there is going to be judgment. That’s for sure! One of MANY verses in the Bible about this:
2Cor. 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
So what if it’s NOT tomorrow. If you and I do tomorrow and it ends up not being Judgment day we should say the following:
• God has been merciful – every day God delays judgment it is because he is demonstrating wonderful merciful patience toward us.
2Pet. 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
• WE ARE A DAY CLOSER – the entire scripture is clear that things won’t always go on this way. The wrong thing to say tomorrow if we end up doing another Saturday is, “this is never going to end, thinking about an end is silly, as it has been it will ever be.” WRONG. There will be an end.
• CONTRADICTING JESUS IS A BAD IDEA – this is especially true of those who claim to follow Jesus and speak for him. Jesus said “no one knows the day or the hour” (Matthew 24:36). But how many areas of my life are in contradiction to Jesus? Is it any better of an idea to ignore Him when it comes to caring for the poor, judging people, doing spiritual practices to be seen by people, giving myself a pass on my contempt and anger?
So I expect to see you on Sunday! But then again…