Read: Matthew 28:16-20
“And then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ’; or, ‘Behold, He is there’; do not believe him; for false Christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect.”
Mark 13:21-22 NASB
Working in government exposed me to more than my fair share of conspiracy theorists. I suppose that these people just had nothing better to do with their time than imagine the top-secret testing of WMD’s, UN shadow governments, and plots to kill off large portions of the population.
I have to admit that some of the best laughs I got out of my job were due to the far flung ideas presented by a very small portion of our local populace. Once or twice a month I got to hear about the UN’s black helicopters operating from their secret base beneath Yellowstone National Park (more often than not, the Vice President had just gone fishing again) or the subversive tactics of extremists either to the left or to the right. Sadly, these conspiracy theorists could easily have uncovered the truth had they just been willing to do a little research. Instead, their wild ideas had distracted them, drawing them ever farther from the truth.
Truth be told, UFOlogists and those seeking to find the mythical second shooter from the Kennedy assassination aren’t the only ones who enjoy a bit of intrigue. Christians, too, can find themselves lured into vain attempts to “fit the pieces together” – especially when it comes to the topic of the End Times. From studies to novels, the shelves of many believers are flooded with fanciful and speculative materials on the topic… and many are waiting for the end to unfold as portrayed by popular authors rather than as portrayed by Christ, Himself.
While it would be exciting to think that the world’s final days are going to unravel just as they do in popular novels, it is the words of God that ought to have our attention. When we focus on these, we are less likely to be drawn away into a world of fantasy and become distracted from our true mission: that of sharing the Gospel. And that is what Christianity is all about.
Challenge: The end of the world as a whole may or may not be coming soon, but this doesn’t mean that we aren’t surrounded by many people whose worlds will end today. Regardless of the cause or the timing, those around us need to be prepared to meet their Maker. The next time you’re given an opportunity to help prepare them for this meeting, do! Tomorrow will be too late for someone who needs Jesus today!