Sunshine Mary wrote this in a recent blog article. This simple statement of inevitable and imminent decay and destruction of our material universe is popular in evangelical churches today. Spurred by the popularization of dispensational eschatology (end time teaching), the Left Behind story, it has captured evangelical hearts and minds in a dark and cynical grip.
Often times, preachers or Christians will repeat the above ideas and then quote something like 2 Chronicles 7:14.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Declaring an apocalyptic end of all things blatantly contradicts the hope offered in the Chronicles scripture quote. Hence, the question for apocalyptic readers.
Why should Christians humble themselves, pray, seek God, and turn from their sin if Revelation tells us that matters will only worsen, indicating that God will not heal their land? If destruction of the land is now inevitable and imminent, then praying, seeking, and repenting will accomplish nothing for the land, for the here and now.
In a previous article, I wrote:
Christians abstain from fornication, marry, pray, and go to church because they are commanded to, but not necessarily because these things might actually go any good.
It seems insane for Christians to invest in material matters (read: worldly matters) like marriage and family if there is no future for which posterity to inherit. Celibacy, service to the poor, and monastic preaching in this physical world seem more rational if all results are spiritual and metaphysical. If there are no fruits to be had here and now, then all things here and now should be purged from the Christian life for the sake of holiness.