"I'll just eat drink and be merry until the day I die.".
The problem here, shared by both Conservatives and Judeo-Christians, is this, the Christian has nothing to do but wait for God to handle the situation. It is not for the Christian to take action today because "it is not God's time".
The implication is, to even take action today would be contrary to God's will.
For us, this is not good news of the kingdom. It is bad news in our lifetime.
Christians really want action.
Christians really want victory.
Christians really want a cause to spend their money on, a cause that gets results.
What is the effect of these defeatist sermons. An empty collection basket and a defeatist attitude toward "the enemy".
These frustrated selfless saints 'try to get something going'. These saints find it virtually impossible to rally the masses. Impossible to raise money to conduct their ministry. Impossible to raise funds from masses who are told ahead of time that they will be defeated.
The Bible says, "Without a vision (of victory) the people perish." Proverbs 29:18. Christianity's present vision is not 'victory in Jesus', but rather, present defeat until Jesus returns.
What about the 'cults'?
The 'cults': For more of 'The Gospel of Gloom and Doom' we need only turn to the so called 'cults'. The following quotes are from Jehovah's Witness Publications. They share many of the same viewpoints as do the Conservatives and Judeo-Christians.
This was good advice for the days of the Apostles. The time
just before the destruction of Jerusalem. But is it good advice for modern
day America? Here is what Pastor Balyeat has to say in his book.
Those who 'come out of Babylon'
Some simply 'flee unto the mountains'. They retreat from the world. They retreat either spiritually via a belief in the Rapture doctrine, or physically by moving into the wilderness. Some try to set up separate Christian communities which are away from society in general.
Whatever happened to the Great Commission? Whatever happened to the Dominion Mandate? Are God's people to retreat into pietistic enclaves and await a Rapture? Should Christians withdraw from society, 'to come out of Babylon' by setting up separate living areas, cabins in the wilderness, enclaves in the Northwest? Only to have a shoot out with Federal Authorities with lying headlines such as, "Cult Compound surrounded! Seven Haters captured!"
Who is waiting on whom?
Perhaps it is not for us to 'wait on the lord, perhaps He is waiting for us. Stay tuned!
What has really happened since
American Pie is still available at your local record store.