Posted by: celticanglican | November 29, 2015

A Call for Hope, Not Doom

Second Coming of Christ window

Advent is a time of the year that can be very difficult for both devotional writers and clergy alike. This season has a collection of Sunday readings like Luke 21:25-36 that emphasize the points of being watchful and waiting for Jesus’ return. Yet, there are many that turn these messages of hope into messages of doom by trying to turn them into exact predictions of when it will all go down.

There is a lot we can learn from the first generation of Christians: they knew that Christ’s return could happen at any time. Rather than building up complex systems for predicting the exact date, they focused on going about the important work entrusted to them.

One of the unintended consequences of many Christians allowing doomsday date setters to speak for them is that it takes the focus off of being the people of God. Rather, it puts people into a fear-based mentality that’s overly focused on watching for signs.

Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Getting caught up in fear-based predictions that Jesus never asked us to take part in hurts the cause of Christ more than helps. Why should we allow fear, which God’s perfect love casts out, to dominate so much of the message?

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