Guinan once told Captain Picard: “When a man is convinced he’s going to die tomorrow, he’ll probably find a way to make it happen.”
The movie TomorrowLand shows a world where the future is running out – very soon catastrophe is going to destroy all life as we know it. As it turns out, a machine had been made that tricked people into believing that there wasn’t a future – people stopped dreaming, stopped inventing, and stopped asking questions like: “Can we fix it?” They just lived for today without a thought as to tomorrow.
It’s premise struck me as something of a reality for Christians. Almost all my whole life, somebody somewhere has written something that says that the world should have already ended, is in the process of ending, or will end before I die of old age.
From ‘The Late, Great Planet Earth‘ and ‘A Thief in the Night‘ (before my time) to the announcement from a small religious group that the end of the world is today – Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 – there have been a lot of famous materials on the subject, Left Behind book series and films, is perhaps the most notable, but it opened the door to tens of thousands of sermons on the subject from famous speakers such a John Hagee and his ‘Blood Moon’ Prophecy to hundreds of unknown speakers with their own little followings. Just about anywhere and everywhere you look, somebody somewhere is preaching about Revelation and the End Times.
The movie I saw the other day, Time Changers indicated that this day and age is an exact match to the conditions listed in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 and that within fifty years the world will end. Given that the movie was written a few years ago, we’re that much closer to the end times given our newest Supreme Court approved laws. It’s almost an accepted truth that we’re the last generation (finally) and the Rapture, Tribulation, and End Times are going to happen just as soon as time runs out – and there’s not much of it left.
I think that so many Christians are so very convinced that the world is going to end – that they are trying to see to it. After all, why bother with being an environmentalist if the Bible tells you that the world will soon be devastated by a series of natural disasters that will kill millions? It must not matter then, if resources are used up or polluted. Why bother with trying to put a stop to world hunger if the Bible tells you that there will be famines in various places? Wouldn’t doing something about the condition of the world keep God from seeing that all of the signs are in place, ready for his return?
Then there’s the disappointment of the end that doesn’t end at all. People have been setting dates only to wake up the next morning wondering: “Now what?” I can’t help but wonder if we will ever learn to stop convincing ourselves that we have no future and that there are no more tomorrows. It’s making us no earthly good, poor stewards, and terrible servants.