The ¿End? of the World

When you expect the world to end at any moment, you know there is no need to hurry. You take your time, you do your work well.

–Thomas Merton

I am done with the hearsay about the end of the world. I want to take a stand for good and do something to bring about positive change in the world, and leave it up to God to decide when the world will end, and to decide what exactly the “end of the world” might be. If more people thought this way, maybe the world wouldn’t seem like it was going to hell.

This is my take at least. One of the many things that steered me away from the fundamentalist Christian view on the end of the world was its continual focus on Christ’s return; on when Christ will return. I observed so many fundamentalist Christians who spent more of their time preaching to people to become born again and to repent and to prepare for the end, that they didn’t pay attention to care for the world in the hear and now…to be the hands and face and body of Christ to our broken world….to help their neighbors regardless of who they are…to actually try and be a force to make the world a better place.

The fundamenatalist Christian view of the end of the world is often based on Matthew chapter 24, in addition to much of the book of Revelation, both in the New Testament.

In this sermon by the Very Rev. Samuel Lloyd, a different viewpoint on the end of the world is discussed. Now that I am no longer of the fundamentalist mindset, I see just how amazingly backwards things really seem to be with the fundamentalist view of the end of times. It seems that the fundamentalist religious zealots around the world are the ones who are facilitating what may be perceived as “the end of the world.” The denial of humankind’s ability to bring about positive change, by the grace of God, astounds me. I no longer am of the opinion that I must stock my shelves full of foodstuffs and warn the rest of humanity that Christ’s return is iminent. Instead, I am of the mindset that positive change can and will happen by embodying God’s love in Jesus through my words and actions. Thank God for grace.

Wonderful God, your love and faithfulness surround us in the air we breathe, in the water that nourishes the earth, in the people who care for us. May your Spirit prompt us to meet you in the place of partnership. Move us into action as we live out the call to righteousness and faithfulness. Amen.

From The Green Bible Devotional, p. 162.

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2 responses to “The ¿End? of the World

  1. Mark Jerrell

    As Martin Luther once put it (more or less) if he knew the world would end tomorrow, today he’d still plant an apple tree.

    And as C.S. Lewis once wrote in The Screwtape Letters (again, I’m paraphrasing) If we become so focused on worrying about the state of people’s souls… eventually we’ll neglect to tend to their real and present physical and emotional needs.

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