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Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of September 15, 2013

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  • Adam DeBaugh
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      Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of September 15, 2013

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      here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
      "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
      Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.

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      Signs of the end times

      "When Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, 'Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?'???????????? Jesus answered them, 'Beware that no one leads you astray.???????????? For many will come in my name, saying, "I am the Messiah!" and they will lead many astray.???????????? And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet.???????????? For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places: all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs.'"
      Matthew 24:3-8

      Many devout Christians sincerely believed the end of the world was coming as we greeted the twenty-first century.???????????? I received numerous e-mails explaining their understanding of why Jesus was returning specifically in the year 2000.???????????? Profiteers made a fortune from selling elaborate year Y2K (year 2000) supplies to the gullible and fearful.???????????? Some people even sold their homes, moved to rural areas, armed themselves against possible thieves, and prepared for the worse.???????????? They thoroughly prepared for violence and other natural and human disasters based on their fallible understanding of Holy Scripture.

      Other Christians insisted the end of the world could not take place until the gospel had been preached to the whole world.???????????? Devout people have believed the end was in sight as they experienced famine, earthquakes, and other natural disasters throughout world history.???????????? Wars and rumors of wars always bring this speculation.???????????? As one United Church of Christ (UCC) minister put it, "Christian disunity isn't news.???????????? Christian disunity is as old as the New Testament."

      The Bible tells us that someday there will be a great and terrible day of God's holy, righteous judgment.???????????? Jesus came to prepare us for that day so we can stand before God with confidence as beloved children.???????????? Many Christians differ in their interpretation of when and how and if this will actually happen.???????????? The original disciples approached Jesus privately for a fuller explanation.???????????? Today's scripture is a very difficult and controversial teaching to understand.

      Someday this world will come to an end.???????????? Jesus Christ is coming again.???????????? The signs of the end times will be very chaotic and confusing.???????????? Many will claim to be Christ.???????????? Do not be deceived.???????????? The world will experience suffering beyond description.???????????? Be brave.???????????? Christians of all sexual orientations will be persecuted, put to death, and hated because of Christ.???????????? Be faithful unto death.???????????? Many believers will waver in their faith and lose their love for God through their suffering.???????????? We must stand firm through our last breath.???????????? When the entire world has heard the liberating gospel message of Jesus, in God's timing, the end will come and a new heaven and earth will be ushered in.

      My beloved grandmother would often say, "Keep looking up.???????????? Jesus is coming.???????????? Maybe even today."

      God, help us live one day at a time as faithful and courageous Christians.???????????? Amen.

      Grace and peace,
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