Anthony W. Brooks
It’s easy for us to read the local paper and see that the world is burning. The only questions left for us is when are the Everglades going to finish there slow descent into annihilation, when is California going to float over to North Korea, and when is Joe Biden going to become a real boy. But all of this is subjective. What I want to do here is be objective if you’ll give me the chance.
I am not necessarily an optimistic person. I look at most things with an air of “what will happen next” syndrome. But that does not mean I have to be pessimistic all of the time. I can’t get over that fact that Christ says he is putting all his enemies under his feet (see 1 Cor 15:25; Ps 110:1). And he MUST reign until he does so with the last enemy being death (1 Cor 15:26). And this is optimism. Knowing that Christ is doing this RIGHT NOW!
When the Wheels Fall Off the Milk Cart
Most people think that this type of optimism is misplaced or misspelled or whatever… they say that that current thing happening in that one place made them feel bad so I shouldn’t have this type of Kingdom focused optimism, or something. This is reading two things into my view which is unfair, but don’t think I care much. When I look at history I see progress culturally, technologically, educationally, medically, etc… it’s to the point that I don’t think someone from a 1st world society could live in any other century then this one.
So even if the wheel falls off it was bound to happen whether things are getting better and more advanced or not. People tend to think everything is caused by aliens, Sasquatch, or the Smurf behind the bush, but that’s a personal problem and I think they make medicine for that. Bad things happen and Smurfs aren’t always the cause… I think, but the point still remains. Not everything has to be gold plated and smell like new car leather for you to be optimistic. Even Sasquatch is happy sometimes, as long as you aren’t eating Jack Links.
The Urgency of A Jellyfish
The squishy sentiment of certain scribes in the evangelical world on this subject makes you think a meteor will hit the world tomorrow. But the reason it is squishy is because they are all bark and no bite. They calm right down when you rub them behind the ears, “that’s the spot!” This is why I agree with the “Moscow Terror’s” label of Evangellyfish. There is urgency in speech “Christ could come tomorrow” while they really mean “after I’ve made my millions”.
These might seem like hard words, but please look at the big picture. Millions are made off of these “urgent” messages to install rapture hatches in your houses, but you don’t see them in the author’s mansions. So my words may be meant to be black coffee but they are true observations. Christianity didn’t start in pessimism but optimism and I think it’s about time we get that right, at least.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Picture of a jellyfish from World Animal Foundation