In my previous post, I wrote:
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.
Many apocalyptic teachers carry the book of Revelation as if it were a fifth gospel, the final word of “good news” to a damned world. Such thinking places an emphasis not on the satisfying of God’s wrath through the death of Christ, but on His second return to rescue the faithful few from a corrupt world. The Rapture and final judgment are considered the final arbitrators of a man’s status before God. Salvation is shifted to a miraculous event in the future, a salvation awaited for. However, Christianity has held for nearly two millenniums that it is the first advent of Christ that purchased salvation for those who believe. The focus on tomorrow is erroneous as what happened yesterday makes Christians who they are today.
Another view is that this world and everything in it is governed by Satan himself. All institutions such as organized religion, government, and education are all manifestations of the sinfulness in man and man’s efforts to be God. The only institution held as sacred is marriage and that because it is was ordained before the fall.
So marriage is Christ’s, but everything else is viewed as Satan’s. Yet, apocalyptic Christians still attend church, go to work, own property, participate in elections, and function as citizens in the devil’s civilization. They have children in a world they believe is going to make them suffer in greater measure than at any time in history. In such times, why don’t Christians retreat into the far corners of the world to live as shepherds in tents? Let the ground be their bed, a rock their pillow, and faith their blanket.
What answer is there for Christians living in the devil’s world? If the apocalyptic messages are correct, darkness conquers light. Satan has been given power to conquer the saints. We can resist, but resistance is futile. The saints must patiently endure. The world is the devil’s and the fullness thereof. All things are the devil’s when they are received with thanks giving. Children are a gift of the devil and sin’s inheritance. All things are in Satan and all in all. All there is left to pray is, “Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
And so, here I part ways with these ideas. There is life after the fall of empires and a future after the destruction of the wicked. There is hope and a future and for that I strive.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.