Left Behind?? Yikes!

I was in junior high and high school during the 70’s. Watergate, Disco, the Bicentennial, the very first Star Wars movie, listening to Chicago, Doobie Brothers and Kansas on WLS – AM, disaster movies and the Iran hostage crisis were the back drop for my coming of age. (That probably explains a lot about me, doesn’t it??!!)

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But in the subculture of Christianity the 70’s was the era of getting freaked out thinking about the return of Jesus Christ. Bible prophecy was the rage – conferences, sermon series, revivals all hit hard on the rapture and the book of Revelation. The film A Thief in the Night gave nightmares to me and my friends – it scared the tar out of us! I remember coming home from school a couple of different times finding no one home but the TV was on and the doors unlocked and I was sure that I had been left behind – the rapture occurred and I was left by myself to face the Antichrist! I remember sitting around the campfire singing “I Wish We’d All Been Ready” and getting goose bumps. We were scared straight most of the time – you don’t want to be caught taking a puff on a cigarette or a swig of beer or peeking at a Playboy when Jesus appears in the clouds!

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What got my thinking about this was my Scripture reading for today. I was sitting at my kitchen table reading Matthew 24 (go check it out). It’s one giant warning about being ready for the imminent return of Jesus. As I was reading it occurred to me that I cannot remember the last time I thought about the return of Christ. His possible return hasn’t motivated me to share the good news or avoid sin for a long time. Wow. I think that’s not good. I think I need to be thinking about that a lot more often.

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How about you?

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Peace,
?Dave

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