Is our eschatology giving us hope or demoralizing us
I’m afraid to say that Christianity is on the same fatalistic path of the radical left. The left teaches that the earth is dying from a myriad of causes out of our control. This constant drumbeat leaves us and our children with no hope and no purpose for investing in the future.
We Christians teach our children that the world is coming to an end, and we repeat it their whole lives. It seems like every two or three years someone in the Church tells us that the end of the world is finally here. The consequence of this errant teaching is that we disincentivize investment for the future. Yes, we go on getting married and having children, but our investment in the things that can better life on earth has been curtailed. How do we explain to our children and grandchildren that we didn’t invest in the public schools because we were waiting for the end of the world?
If our Founding Fathers had focused on the end times the way we do, they would not have invested so heavily into preserving liberty for their posterity. It seems like we are less interested in investing in things that have the greatest impact on our lives, which is absurd on every level. Yet we justify it by saying that it’s all going to burn anyway. While we are repeating that mantra year after year, our children are having children and the earth is still here. With each passing year our liberties are eroding while the evil Left is making more and more investments for control that directly affect our lives.
Proverbs 13:22 says, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.” This raises the question: at what point do we stop investing in our future? This scripture also suggests that God is the arbiter of possessing and dispossessing. If we are not investing in the future here on earth, then why would God invest in us?
One of the biggest culprits in our diminishing influence is our eschatology. For example, if we were to read Matthew 23:13-39 and Matthew 24 in context of WHAT is being discussed, it is the Judgement. The WHO part of the text that Jesus is talking about is the current leadership of that time that was to be judged. If we asked WHEN the judgement will take place, it is absolutely clear that it happens at the destruction of the temple. If we ask WHERE, the answer is Jerusalem and its surrounding cities.
We Christians get off the rails when we inject ourselves into the picture with our time frame with our cities. We ignore that the scriptures explicitly deal with the Jewish leaders, the temple, and the city of Jerusalem and their surrounding cities. How we got to where we are today cannot be attributed to the scriptures. We have broken all the scientific rules of interpretations. You can’t get to where we are today using exegetical or hermeneutical applications. What is clear in these scriptures as Jesus disciples put it, “And what is the sign of your coming and the end of the age?” The age is the end of the Jewish state as the representative head of the Church and the sacrificial system, which Jesus said that His body (Church) would replace.
It’s past time the Church sit down and have a discussion around this topic. We’ve endured many “Late Great Planet Earth” movies, countless blood moons and never ask what happened or didn’t happen.
While we have abandoned caring for the garden, that is the earth and all its institutions, the evil Leftist are figuratively speaking, busy planting trees for their future. How do we prepare our children to lead and navigate the future if we don’t teach them to plants trees, if we don’t tell them that they have a future and a responsibility to invest in it. How can God favor our investments if we are not investing?