[image: Window, 2010, JA Van Devender]
Luke 17:28–30 (NKJV)
28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
There are not many things that fail the 'politically correct' test these days as egregiously as talking about the "end of the world." The highly effective political and social weapons of sneering contempt and caricature has contributed to the environment we now face where any one who takes such an idea seriously is automatically pictured as a certified loon. And yet, on the other hand, in my life time I have not seen such a wide-spread sense of impending doom prevailing in our general cultural milieu.
It's an interesting paradox.
People talk of the inevitable and overwhelming catastrophe that will come with "climate change." They glibly talk of the drowning of cities and the break-down of civilization as the earth seriously attempts to shake off the cancer of human destructive behavior. These same people sneer when someone reads Revelation and we hear of a coming day when the earth will be subjected to massive "noises, thunderings, lightnings, earthquakes, hail and fire." (cf. Rev. 8) Many wring their hands or form militant opposition groups decrying man's impact on the environment, his constant polluting of the seas and the vital loss of fish and extinction of species and, simultaneously, they laugh out loud when someone takes the idea of a star, called "wormwood", that falls into the "springs" and "rivers" of the earth and how a third of the fish died and how the bitter waters of the earth killed off "many men."
People talk about the "end of the world" all the time and yet they refuse to believe that it was foretold as the just consequences of man's inherent arrogance, of man's refusal to take note of what he was doing, of man's adamant rejection of the truth that is proclaimed, daily, by the witness of creation itself. There is a God... who is more than simply the First Cause... and He doesn't do anything without first foretelling it through the prophets. (Isa. 46:9,10) He does this so that man may repent and change his ways and remove the sentence of death that hangs above his collective head... but God's gracious forebearance only acts to prove the depth of man's arrogance... even in the face of that which was foretold centuries ago, man refuses to tremble... he continues to cling to his own claim of autonomy and his own potential to bring human flourishing and his own personal well being to its ultimate manifestation. "I can do it myself" the petulant child stubbornly and mistakenly insists... so it is with man.
So they go on... generation following generation... down the same sterile paths of rationalism, human evolution, philosophical wisdom... and the farther they go the more they reinforce their desires and harden their hearts against the witness of impending disaster.
Some of the problem lies with the Church. We have abandoned the sharp-edged truth of God's justice and the finite nature of His patience and embraced a warm, cuddly vision of God that is concerned with nothing so much as telling us that we are OK, that God loves us no matter what, and that we should get out there and do the best we can and everything will be fine.
And so, the prophetic voice is stilled, and all the Christian ostriches put their heads right back down in the sand.
Somethings coming... in our heart of hearts we know it... and it is high time that we looked through the window, and see all the pretty things, and notice - they ALL have a price tag.
The "piper" will be paid and so we had best start getting our act together so that we may be found obedient when the time comes to give account.