27 They ate and drank and married—everything just as usual right up to the day when Noah went into the ark and the Flood came and destroyed them all.
28 “And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot: people went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building— 29 until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and brimstone rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the hour of my return.
The days prior to the return of Jesus Christ will be consumed with everyday activities; people will be totally unaware of His return. Dr Tim LaHaye wrote about this in an article entitled:
“7 Reasons Why Some Pastors Don’t Preach On End Time Prophecies.”
1) A minister does not take the Bible literally, as God intended.
2) A minister takes the Bible literally, except the 28 percent that is prophetic.
3) A minister receives his education from secular educators.
4) A minister is not willing to do the hard work of studying God's Word.
5) A minister is not willing to be an avid reader
6) A minister is misguided by charlatans, zealots and date setters.
7) A minister believes people are not interested in Bible prophecy.
All of these of course make a case for why people are not involved with Bible prophecy; it just isn’t an interest of those leading the church. So what does that say about our leaders who ignore 28% of the Bible? So if we ignore 28% of the Bible isn’t that a huge percentage of indifference? One thing pastors forget is they are called to be a watchman. Google "Watchman in the Bible" sometime and see what comes up. I think you would be surprised at how direct the Bible is in making a case to warn the people.
7 “So with you, son of dust. I have appointed you as a watchman for the people of Israel; therefore, listen to what I say and warn them for me.
If the leadership of your church are not watchmen, than they are not listening to the God of the Bible. God's purpose, while there is yet time, is to warn people of their lost state of being. Included in that lost state, is the ignorance of the impending problems that will overshadow the world in the last days. The greatest threat to human beings will be their rejection of a Savior named Jesus Christ. That rejection is a process of conditioning that encompasses the following:
- Compromise: The Wheaton College Professor who parted ways with the institution because she believes Allah and Jehovah are the same God. Her thinking breaks several of the Ten Commandments, but that’s what compromise does.
- Confusion: People are confused about God because He is only understood as love. There is no understanding about His truth condemning sinful behavior. The Bible does not teach that love condones immoral behavior; in fact the same God who is perceived to be a God of love condemns it.
- Conditioning: We have been condition by our culture to ignore the negative, and celebrate the positive even if the positive isn’t true. Most Americans like to pretend that they will have no worries about the future, because their conditioning has always told them that nothing will happen to the American ideals and dreams. The Obama Administration is a good reality check that America can change, and do so quickly.
- Collaborate: Many American Christians collaborate with the wrong ideas and celebrate the inappropriate behavior. I had a long discussion recently about how people honor Michael Jackson because he was so talented; yet fail to remember that his talent was connected to his behavior as an alleged pedophile. We should never celebrate evil, even if it has talent.
- Character: The missing part of the American culture is the character that defends the liberty that comes from righteousness, and the justice that only God brings to human beings. That righteousness and justice is found in knowing Jesus Christ. In the church, we spend too much time trying to be relevant and not enough time being Christ like. We need to stop looking and acting like the culture so we can impress people that we are relevant. Pastors, stick to growing the Character of Christ in your church, and stop trying to be so cool.
These characteristics of the culture and the modern church in America are what drive us further away from knowing God. Knowing Him, and making Him known is the most relevant ministry objectives our churches can develop that would best serve our world. We are so busy about being busy that we are failing to acknowledge how late the hour of His return really is. Yes, we are beginning to look a lot like those days prior to the flood, and to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. We are too preoccupied to notice what's on the horizon.
Keeping it honest and truthful….K