A reflection on Matthew 24 by our Assistant Program Director, Angie Smith.
Today was another day where my response to the Matthew reading was “ugh.” The last thing we need is a text about the world ending. But after I sat back and thought about it, it might be exactly what we need.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen a lot of bad theology circulating on social media, mostly on Facebook. I would say that most of it is steaming from traditions that believe in some sort of rapture/apocalypse/we are better than you theology. This isn’t a new tactic, ridiculous “prophecies” have historically appeared when these groups feel threatened. I grew up in a tradition that had these ridiculous prophecies and elders that claimed they could interpret the signs. The world was going to end before I graduated from high school, I’ll be thirty next year, so either we all missed the rapture, or they were wrong. I’m going to with the latter. When the rapture didn’t happen in the first decade of the 2000’s they came up with new signs.
I can assure you that this pandemic is not a sign of the end times. God’s not punishing us because fewer people attend the “right” churches on Sunday mornings, because we’ve taken prayer out of schools (we haven’t done that by the way), and pay for things with our smart devices. The pandemic is simply a pandemic. Yes, life has changed, but no one is going to be raptured over the next few weeks. We will get through this and God will be with us each step of the way. People will keep making prophecies, but we can dismiss every single one of them because, “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
As always, the church staff is here for you, please reach out to us if you need anything. Remember, we’re in this together and God’s here too! Amen.