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12.21.2012: The End Is Near
End Times Blues
The sky is falling. Today there are a multitude of voices echoing that cry.
It's always end times somewhere; throughout history gleaners of secrets have often claimed to know exactly when the universe’s clock would tick down to doomsday. They’re never correct or ever been close, but there must be big money in reading signs in the heavenlies and stirring up unease because someone is forever singing the End Times Blues.
Just now the tune is getting considerable airplay as the indicators are stacked up like dominoes: Earthquakes, natural disasters, global warming, economic chaos, New World Order, Nostradamus, Revelations, technological wizardry, famines, swine flu, wars and rumors of wars. The present keystone domino is a Mayan calendar that some consider the herald of death and destruction.
December 21, 2012
The Mayan civilization occupied the Yucatan Peninsula. During its Classic Period, circa 250 - 900 AD, it launched large-scale construction projects and extended its influence by engaging in long distance trading endeavors. At its peak it was a culturally dynamic society.
Its most storied monuments are the stepped pyramids which were built for religious and astronomical purposes. The Mayans believed in the cyclical structure of time. Their priests were responsible to record and interpret celestial happenings to make sense of the past, present and future.
The prophetic outlook of the Mayans for 2012 is a phenomenon which suggests that unknown cataclysmic events are scheduled to occur on December 21st. That day in the year 2012 completes a 5,125 year cycle in the Mayan Long Count Calendar; it may be the catastrophic end of the world, though a more reasoned analysis of the evidence says the inhabitants of planet earth will experience some kind of physical and spiritual transformational breakthrough. Whatever that means?
It is all quite interesting fodder for discussion and hypothesis, but also fertile soil for fear-mongers and conspiracy theorists. The possibility of any positive or even benign exegesis or explanation of the ancient calendar is smothered by merchants of gloom seizing upon the opportunity for profit.
Mythology, numerology, human nature and a vast array of eschatological beliefs gets mixed together with shock-value headlines and sound-bites to produce an elixir that sells to the masses. The more dreadful and deathly the approaching hoofbeats can be portrayed the better; bad news generates a simmering panic which is good because it’s easy to market to a panicked population.
We’ve been here before: In the 1970s, in the context of oil embargoes and the Arab-Israeli conflict constantly on the front-page, Hal Lindsey’s The Late, Great Planet Earth sold millions of copies worldwide. Its simplified treatment of the complex tapestry of prophecy created a cottage industry for those determined to sell tickets to the show of sacred Hebrew texts playing out in real time.
And who can forget the sheer insanity of Y2K hysteria?
Now 12.21.2012 is neatly packaged as the harbinger of the apocalypse. What is disappointing, discouraging and downright maddening is the undercurrent of lunatic fringe paranoia rippling around the edge of Christian circles; it is tragic because it distorts and diminishes the immutable character of God.
In listening to the litany from those infected by 2012 fever, one could decide to repeat the strategy of Y2K alarmists; join the Church of the Deepest Bunker and stockpile gold, guns and garbanzo beans.
How is that mindset even an option? Was God sitting around heaven one day when he slapped his forehead and said: “Oops, I forgot about those Mayans and their pesky calendar. Now what am I going to do?”
No chance: God is omniscient, which simply means that he possesses all the knowledge there is to possess and nothing ever takes him by surprise; God is sovereign over all of history and over each one of our lives; God is omnipotent, having more than enough strength to do the sum total of all things.
God has the power to create, sustain or destroy the universe with a single thought, so why does humanity rail against him with such stiff-necked determination? Is it because with all our intellectual and scientific enlightenment we’ve reduced God to a warm and fuzzy afterthought to soothe life and death issues? Have we evolved or progressed beyond our need for God? Has the creation outgrown the Creator?
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What will happen on 12.21.2012?
Call Me Crazy
IF the sky is falling and the end is near; IF 12.21.2012 ushers in an appalling calamity or some mystical cosmic transference, isn’t antsy fear an irrational and ridiculous response for believers in Jesus Christ?
Christians need to be leaders who demonstrate what reliance on our ever-present God looks like. God loves us with an everlasting love so we ought to stop paying lip-service to spiritual matters and seek to know him with such intensity that we stand firm and say with the Psalmist: “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”
The offer of an intimate personal relationship with God is a transcendent truth that weaves its way all through Scripture and is made possible in the person of Jesus Christ. Childlike faith in Christ cleanses us of our sins and opens the door to a relationship with the One who “determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.”
Call me crazy, but all the hoopla and anxiety over 12.21.2012 being stoked in the Christian community is a crisis of faith, nothing more and nothing less.
The issues that will be stripped to the bone are these: Is our faith an energetic faith in our living Lord and Savior or is it a static faith in the transient systems of our world; is our citizenship in heaven or do the comforts of prosperity cause us to cling to earthly treasures and pleasures.
Those who follow Christ should be praying for the wisdom, discernment and courage to project an attitude of faith that gracefully proclaims: “Some trust in gold, guns and garbanzo beans, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”
Or as the Apostle John wrote: “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”
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