The Sky Is Not Falling
Part 3

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Chicken Little is famous for being so anxious that a single drop of rain convinced her that the sky was falling. Likewise, some of us are so overly anxious, or pessimistic, that we default to a worst-case scenario with every hint of a burgeoning season of national difficulty. A rumor of war, a dip in the stock market, a rise in the cost of living, the threat of a pandemic, a lost election, a Supreme Court ruling, or any number of other warning signs become evidence that the end of life as we know it lurks just around the corner. Worse yet, some of us assume the responsibility to herald our imagined apocalypse. Like Chicken Little, we run around creating panic, convincing others that the end is upon us.

At some point, God’s severe judgment will befall our nation if we continue to ignore His corrective judgments. America can experience a devastating judgment without it being the prophesied end of the world when Jesus will return to judge all nations. Regardless, we cannot know when either of these events will occur, nor should we assume that God is eager to fulfill His promise of judgment. Often, it appears as though we are far more eager to see judgment dispensed than God, whose patience exceeds our own. If anything, it appears as if God is dragging His feet, but the apostle Peter explains, “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” (2 Pet. 3:9).

God’s heart is not to see His creation destroyed. God’s heart is to see people live righteous and abundant lives. Therefore, He does not need heralds of His apocalypse proclaiming America’s inevitable doom. Instead, He needs ministers who will call people to repentance. As such, our warning message ought also to be hopeful. Regardless of our circumstances, we boldly proclaim, “The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe” (Prov. 18:10). This promise is both hopeful and a dire warning to those who refuse to repent because “The way of the LORD is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked” (Prov. 10:29).

As forerunners of God’s judgment, we warn people with the hope that they will repent; therefore, we cannot be doom-and-gloomers. No matter how dire our national future appears, we must never forget that we are the ones tasked with proclaiming God’s good news and offering the hope of a glorious future. Fundamentally, our warning is a call to respond in faith. Our job is not to emphasize how bad things will get but to warn that only the righteous will be safe from God’s judgment.

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Timothy Zebell

As a former missionary to Asia for twelve years and the author of several books, Timothy is passionate about helping people understand the relevancy of God's Word in today's world. His goals are to help Christians discern truth from error, empower Christians to speak into cultural matters with relevancy, and to help Christians capitalize on the opportunities that these matters provide for sharing the truth about God and His gospel message.
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