2 Thessalonians 2:1-5
“As to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we beg you…not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by spirit or by word or by letter…to the effect that the day of the Lord is already here.” vss. 1-2
Even though we have a grasp of history and understand that human beings have been around for a long time, we have a tough time with the future. Aside from science fiction buffs most of us can’t imagine out beyond a generation or two. That’s one of the reasons we can’t seem to get to excited about the long-term effects of environmental damage. Anything that’s out there more than a dozen years seems unreal–and doesn’t spur us to change. That’s also the reason folks in the early church looked for the imminent return of Jesus–if it didn’t happen soon there wasn’t much point in even talking about it. As a result all kinds of theories about his coming were floated around, so much so that Paul had to tell the folks in Thessalonica to settle down and not believe everything that they heard. Our generation is no different–believers love to interpret current events as being signs of the last days. But the truth is that we humans are going to be around far longer than we can even imagine–and the things we do now are going to have an effect, for better or for worse, on folks living hundreds of years in the future.
Thought for the Day: What will life be like for our great, great grandchildren?