For kicks and giggles, let’s just say tomorrow, Saturday, May 21, 2011, really is the end of the world. I think I would be … happy.
As a Christian, I’m supposed to be happy because that would be the day that I see Jesus and possibly deceased family and friends. But my happiness comes from a far more selfish source.
I find the idea if the world ending tomorrow incredibly relaxing. There are simply a lot of things I have to deal with right now that I don’t want to face, much less decide on and/or conquer. No world, no worries. Nothing distracting me from my purpose–a purpose the pending end of days should make more urgent, for a believer.
I probably spend about 10 minutes per week seriously thinking about people I know who are not Christian, and who are, therefore, as we Christians are somewhat required to believe, unsaved and not going up in the rapture that some (not I) believe is happening tomorrow. But as a Christian, those people are who I should be concentrating on, who I should be using my time, talents, gifts, etc., helping.
As a freelance writer, however, I’m rarely in a situation in which someone’s salvation comes up. I’m either not around anyone or not in the context in which discussing it would be appropriate. I can’t see myself closing an interview for a news assignment with the question, “Are you a Christian?” and launching into a sales pitch for Jesus if the answer is no. I would never start a business meeting with a prayer. I don’t have much of a social life outside of networking events, but even if I did, I’m sure I wouldn’t think much about spreading the message of salvation.
Instead, I would be thinking about the work I should he doing while I’m sitting around socializing, the business ideas I should be researching, the clients I should be calling, the books I.haven’t started writing, the books I haven’t started reading, the exercises I should be doing to work off the food I’m taking in while socializing…
I’m a busy person who needs a vacation. But in light of the fact that the world COULD end, at any time, and because I’m a human being, I need to be a person busy about considering others.