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First Christian Church /  Not Even the Son
Not Even the Son

“And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.”  —Joel 2:30—31

Scare you? It was meant to. Somewhere between 800—500 BC the prophet Joel, gave us this vision of the “Day of the Lord,” a horrific moment in time wedged between “This Present Age,” and “The Age to Come.”  He wrote of the “moon turning into blood” and ever since it’s been a favorite.

First I ever heard it was the day Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. A preacher I knew cited Joel and promised it was the end of the world. The next day he was left to conclude the ‘69 moonwalk was a fake. He wasn’t alone, and he still isn’t, but I’m not with him.

We had another dose of this silliness last week. A rather rare, and otherwise beautiful, astronomical event occurred and we were able to see a big Halloween—looking moon in the eastern sky, sadly called a “Blood Moon.” What we know is as the moon orbits the earth in an imperfect circle and is sometimes closer than usual so it looks bigger.  We know about once a year we get a lunar eclipse when the earth gets right between the moon and the sun. We know when these two events are simultaneous the sunlight bouncing off the earth makes the otherwise, whitish moon look pumpkinesque. It’d be a good night to sing “Shine on Harvest Moon” and hold hands, but for false prophets who make a career out of scaring the bejeesus out of biblically illiterate, but decent people.

A Texas (wouldn’t you know it) preacher is especially guilty of appropriating this latest sky show to sell a book. Remarkably, he promoted book sales declaring it would occur between April ’14 and October ’15. He promised “Something will change” in his promotional video. I bet that much is right, since it being a changing world, never changes. I wouldn’t mind so much (even a flim-flaming false prophet has to make a living) but it only encourages people to start dismissing all things of faith as “superstitious.”  I don’t mind being pegged a fool for Christ but I’m not happy to be made a flat earth dumbbell. Worse, it turns searching people off in another direction as they look for meaning in life without nonsense.  Worst of all, it leads faithful, if biblically illiterate, people into faithlessness. Another memory verse:

“But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, not even the Son, but only the Father.”  —Matthew 24:36

Glad to be your pastor,

Arnold

 
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