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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

We were Warned

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More than a month ago, Hurricane Sandy swept across the northeast coast of the U.S., claiming dozens of lives and leaving millions without power. Before it hit the U.S., at least 71 people were killed in the Caribbean. Before the storm hit, residents were repeatedly warned to get out of Sandy's path.

The Governor of Connecticut told people, "Get out before you can't." New Jersey governor Chris Christie said it was "stupid and selfish" to ignore the warnings of coming danger. But despite all the dire warnings and predictions before the storm hit, many residents in the center of the storm's path refused to heed the warnings. Some just shrugged off the warnings, jogging, walking their dogs, visiting their usual coffee and bagel delis. When the storm hit, people realized they should have listened, but it was too late. The storm already had them within its grip.

In Brooklyn, a young couple was reportedly hit by a tree while walking their dog. Walking their dog mind you! Governor Christie immediately called for a search and rescue to find lost people—the very people who should have heeded the warnings in the first place. According to a New York Times article, scientists had been warning government officials for years about the impending danger of massive storms. Sometimes you just have to wonder how many warnings we need before we wake up and take action.

God has also issued a few warnings. Jesus will come again…be ready! Everyone faces death…be prepared! There will be a judgment and an assignment to either heaven or hell…here’s your warning.

However, millions also ignore God’s words of caution regarding the end times and go on with hardly an afterthought as to the storm bearing down on them. The bible calls that person a fool.

Jesus often spoke of the importance of being ready. He not only clearly believed in the end of time, he also did all he could to convey the importance of every person to prepare themselves for it. Within several of his parables, he identifies the difference between being a winner or a loser when it came to death, judgment, and the second coming. Then he warned us to make sure we weren’t found to be losers.

During the month of January we will take a closer look at those “end times” parables and how we can keep from making the same mistakes.

[Ron Otto, Lincoln Christian Church]


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