I just began meeting with a group of men on Wednesday mornings to discuss John Eldridge's Wild at Heart. This morning we had such a good discussion. I feel blessed to be surrounded by such a great bunch of guys.
Last night as I traveled home from Amberton, I was listening to one of the Christian radio stations. The segment was about prophecy. There was a guy on there who claims to receive messages from the angel, Gabriel. He inherited this from his grandfather. He related how his grandfather had predicted after Desert Storm that we would again have to go to war with Saddam and Iraq. He also said Israel would enter in, and that nuclear weapons would be used. He was proud that his granddad's prophecy had come true.
Well, we are at war with Iraq again, but anyone could have predicted that after we left so much unfinished business after Desert Storm. But Israel is not involved, and no nuclear weapons have been used. He said he went back and checked his granddad's notes, and he hadn't said anything about nuclear weapons. But he did say that it has been reported by some guy no one has heard of that a neutron bomb was used in the Bagdad Airport by our forces when we first went in. So, did granddad say it or not?
Anyway, he went on to blast everyone who doesn't believe his prophecies as being complacent, fat and lazy Christians. He said that time is short, and America is headed for disaster.
You know, he's right about a lot of this. But I don't believe he needed a message from Gabriel to reveal it. For Christians, time is always of the essence. This is no time for complacency. But whether Jesus comes today or in the year 5006 doesn't matter. We need to always be prepared. Scripture says no one knows the date and time of His coming. In fact, we are told not to spend time speculating, so I guess Gabriel isn't paying attention to God's advice. Scriptures advice to us is: BE READY! The Lord will come like a thief in the night.
So, will American be judged by God? I think in many ways we already are reaping the consequences of what we have sown. And people of faith need to get serious about being salt and leaven and light. We need to get serious about the Great Commission! People -- souls headed for eternity -- are dying every day without Jesus. So, let's go! There's a lot of work to do.