Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It's not the end of the world as we know it, but I don't feel fine....

Ok, it's May 23 and we're all still here.  It seems that Harold Camping, who has been wrong before, decided that he missed something, and the end will be Oct. 21, not May.  Backpedaling like an experienced politician, and changing tactics (probably in hopes that if he and his ministry aren't advertising and counting down, the culture's short attention span will let them fade from memory by Halloween) the Camping camp was wrong.  This comes as no surprise to people who actually know the Bible.  Matthew and Mark both record Jesus telling His disciples that no man knows the hour or day He will return.  So all Camping did was provide some people an excuse to party up, and most of those people would have been partying anyway, and give antagonistic non-believers more ammunition in their own battles against their own faith and that of others.  Similar to the way Fred Phelps damages the Body with his un-Biblical actions and words, or the way some anti-abortion activists have stepped outside of Christ-like actions against the abortion industry and providers.
These are major examples that have gotten a lot of attention lately, but they are far from the only ones.  A tale that has stuck in my mind for years is the account of a young runaway in the forties.  He joined a traveling circus and started playing the organ.  On Saturday nights, he played for the dancing girls, and on Sunday mornings, for the tent preachers, often seeing many of the same faces in both crowds. Seeing those incorrect actions of believers (I'm not putting it in quotes because I don't know their hearts, and don't want to be judging) helped push the young man to his future as Anton Levey, author of the Satanic Bible, founder of the "official" Church of Satan, and inspiration for unknown numbers of members of that church, self-styled satanists, and other active, antagonistic nonbelievers.
I started a new job this week, and already early in the training, there was instruction on the rules about work and social media.  The policy is don't talk bad about the company, other employees, customers, vendors, ect. There are instructions to make sure that if there are any references to the company, a disclaimer is added to make it clear that the person is not speaking as a representative of the company.  A fairly standard policy in this digital age, but one that is strictly a worldly policy.  Believers don't get to slap such disclaimers on our words and actions.  We are God's representatives here on earth, period.  Our actions and words are often the only Bible some of those around us will ever read.  Companies making social media policies like this understand the power of words and action, why does so much of the Church not get it?  If we did, then people like Camping and Phelps would not get the traction they presently do, because there would be much more positive evidence in front of the world, instead of the apathy and Biblical ignorance that gets so much attention.

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