Are We There Yet?

Timeby Deana Chadwell    11/8/13
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come… (2 Tim. 3a).  •  No kidding. Of course, ever since Adam and Eve stumbled out of the Garden times have been perilous; slimy people have always squirmed around the edges of human society. So, what’s so important, so different about these “last days” Paul speaks of? Like small children on long drives we repeatedly ask, “Are we there yet?” Is our country “there yet?” Let’s look at the bill of indictment and see…

Paul gives us quite a list of particulars* — you be the judge:

—He says that people will be money-grubbing narcissists, arrogant braggarts, traitors, headstrong and haughty. No, no, you say – most people are pretty nice. Which is true, but it is also true that we elected Barrack Hussein Obama – he represents us; he is our face to the world; he is the man we put forward (no leftist, motto-ish pun intended) to be our leader. A nation gets the leadership it deserves which must be doubly true for a society that openly chooses its CEO. We’ve chosen a man who uses the pronouns I and me more than anyone I’ve ever heard speak; even when the issue at hand has nothing to do with him, he makes himself the central theme. In one speech in 2012 he used “I” or “me” 117 times. Hello? We’re out here too – do we matter at all? Doesn’t seem like it, and if BHO is a narcissist then we might be, too.

When Seal Team 6 slipped into Pakistan and killed a man said to be Osama bin Laden, Obama took all the credit – and then 17 members of Seal Team 6 died in a suspicious helicopter crash. Just recently he told a staff member that he “was good at killing people.” Not a quality a free nation should look for in a president, but we’ve elected him twice. Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS, NSA, Obamacare – all examples of both arrogance and treason.

Repeatedly in the past 41/2 years our president has, when faced with heavy criticism and failure of his pet projects, merely intensified his efforts, showing pathological stubbornness. He has lifted his pointed chin high in the air, looked down his nose at us all and carried on. Over and over again he has committed treason, spiking our government with our enemies and sending them arms. And yet, almost half of us still approve of the job he’s doing; what does that say about those people? They are either terminally ignorant or they just see him doing what they would do; his behavior looks familiar and is therefore acceptable. Yikes.

— Paul also says that in the last days (The last days before what is another article I’ll have to write someday soon.) people will be ungrateful, unforgiving, and disobedient to parents. Are we? Ungrateful – well, one of the hallmarks of gratitude is contentment, and contentment doesn’t demand that government pay for your contraceptives, your abortions, your food, clothing and shelter, your health care. Contentment and gratitude doesn’t demand anything. Nor was gratitude on display during the Obama-sanctioned Occupy Wall Street demonstrations; he who is grateful doesn’t squat on the property of others, defecate on police cars, or rape fellow protestors.

Are we unforgiving? Millions of people still hate George Bush for – for what I’m not sure. Millions of blacks, our president amongst them, have failed to forgive white people for slavery, for success, for being white. There you go.

Are we spawning children who are disobedient to parents? I’ve worked with students whose parents were afraid of them, and for good reason, though I still think that most young people are more scared and despondent than they are disobedient, and let’s face it, many don’t have parents who could be respected. But those who disobey their parents, or who effectively don’t have parents, are those who treat their teachers with disdain, who stage flash mob attacks on businesses, and who gather together in motorcycle gangs and run people down. These are the young people who vandalize property, squander their futures for drugs and sex, and demand that we all pay for their folly. We have stopped raising children; we only feed them. The results are horrifying. And these young people grow up and vote, by the millions.

— Paul says people in the last days will lack self-control — will be lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. Bingo. Recent polls show that over 50% of Americans approve of same sex marriage. The American Psychiatric Association is considering the reclassification of various sexual deviations, such as pedophilia, as legitimate sexual orientations – a proposal that is being advocated by NAMBLA and an Internet forum called Boychat. Some of our population is giving Sodom and Gomorrah a run for their money. Does it matter at all to these people that God does not approve of such behavior? Apparently not; love God? At the 2012 Democratic convention God was booed 3 times by the majority of the attendees. No, not so much.

— Paul also predicts that people in those “last days” would be brutal, slanderous, blaspheming, haters of good. Well, let’s look at our criminal justice system as an indicator. Beastly crimes turn up over and over again – like the middle-aged man who raped a 14-year-old girl, providing the catalyst for her suicide, and was sentenced to only 30 days in jail. And it has become de rigueur in politics to slander your opponent until his or her reputation has been soiled beyond redemption. Look at what happened to Tom Delay – finally acquitted after ten years of fighting false money-laundering charges. Ten years of his life and career down the drain, his political clout gone. But truth is no longer important – winning is, even if what you want to win is evil.

But do we hate good? I’m sure that most of the media does since they spend more energy hiding truth than telling it. They didn’t even report on the Kermit Gosnell trial, not wanting to expose their pet project – the killing of babies. Yes, motherhood has become anathema, fatherhood non-existent, and childhood is now an over-programmed, over-protected and yet over-sexualized parody of what growing up should be. Our society promotes evil daily, then sneers derisively at what good remains.

And do we blaspheme? Every time we claim this is not a Christian country, every time we deny God’s existence or Christ’s sacrifice, every time we put words in His mouth and try to make the gospel into a branch of Marxism. Our college classes are full of this kind of talk; our public schools are being saturated with it. As Paul predicted, we are “always learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Even our entertainment industry spews out blasphemy frame after frame after frame – I think of George Clooney’s mocking derision when his two traveling companions (Oh Brother, Where art Thou?) get saved at a river baptism. Isn’t it blasphemy when a crucifix submerged in urine is classified as art? Blasphemy isn’t occasional; it’s constant.

True, many still claim to be Christians, jumping through whatever hoops Churchianty requires. But the church today is full of false teachers (see 2 Peter 2). If people veer off track and only go where they will hear what they want to hear, then priests and pastors, who are also members of this sinking society, in order to build congregations, will fill that demand. Then the church never learns to be fully Christian. So many churches lurch around in this tangle, just as Paul predicted, having a form of godliness but denying its power that from the outside looking in Christianity has to appear pretty rickety indeed. We obviously lack integrity, holiness, and the world can see it.

And, of course, so can God. Are we in the last days? Theologically speaking – I don’t know. I suspect, but I don’t know. Are we in the last days of America? Quite likely. Is there no hope? It doesn’t seem like it, but in 2nd Chronicles God told the Israelites, If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. (2 Chron. 7:14-15) Perhaps we will again seek His face. Perhaps He will grant us the same deal. Perhaps.


*2nd Timothy 3: 1-7
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
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Deana Chadwell blogs at ASingleWindow.com.

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I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.
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12 Responses to Are We There Yet?

  1. Kung Fu Zu says:

    If for no other reason, people should study the Bible as it shows all sides of human nature.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    Always nice to see someone writing about the epistles that gave me my name. As for the article, let’s see. God promised to save Sodom and Gomorrah if 10 righteous people could be found there. Can we still find 10 righteous people in a nation of over 300 million? Or would God expect a higher number?

    But Obama doesn’t ALWAYS use “I”. When discussing what even he can’t deny are inaccurate statements, the “I” changes into a “we”. And when he’s discussing some screw-up by his administration, then the passive voice creeps in, and it’s something that just somehow happens — he doesn’t know how or why.

  3. faba calculo says:

    As 1981 approached, I was somewhat excited that that might be the year Christ returned, the logic being the prophecy Jesus gave about the budding of the fig three (generally interpreted to be symbolic of Israel) triggering the last generation. Israel “budded” in 1948, and generations can be thought of as 40 years (plus the Bible seems to like the number 40), so 1948 + 40 – 7 (for the seven years of tribulation, of course!) = 1981! (OK, I’ll admit it, this made more sense when I was a pre-teen and, like so many others, enthralled by Hal Lindsey’s “The Late, Great Planet Earth” and “1980s: Countdown to Armageddon.)

    Or not.

    OK, so maybe the tribulation shouldn’t be deducted, leaving me room to get excited about the possibility that 1988 would be the year. Again, I was not alone in this . See the book, “88 Reasons Christ Will Return in 1988”.

    No show.

    (However, I did at least get a bit of a laugh out of it when Walter Martin, the Bible Answerman, joked that the reasoning in 88 Reasons was so loose that the authors should reissue it as “89 Reasons Christ Will Return in 1989”, with reason #89 being “Because He didn’t return in 1988.”)

    Sometime around 1997 I made my exit from the faith so I was at least not subject to the excitement over the years 2000 (1967, when Israel regained the Temple Mount, + 40 years for a generation – 7 for the tribulation deducted) or 2007 (no deduction for tribulation), which, as should be obvious, also didn’t come true.

    Believe it or not, I do not recall this stream of bad predictions to attack one’s faith but to simply point out that arguing that ones own age is the end times is a practice with a long pedigree and an equally long record of failure. And I cannot imagine that this endless string of failures has itself failed to damage the effectiveness of many Christian evangelists.

    (For more examples of predictions of the end of the world, some but not all of which concern Christian end times predictions, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dates_predicted_for_apocalyptic_events).

    • faba — I agree with your concerns re the Rapture. I don’t think we can know when it’s coming precisely — we are not to know the day or the hour. I’m glad we are protected in that way so that we don’t waste our time watching the calendar. We are however to be aware of what is happening around us and to take comfort in the thought that like Enoch, like Elijah, we may just get to take the best thrill ride ever. And if not, then “absent from the body, face-to-face with the Lord.

      Meanwhile, back the ranch, this country is coming unglued. It makes me sad.

      • faba calculo says:

        It’s not just the day and hour, it’s the month, year, century, and millennium. You may yet get to take the rapturvator to heaven. I hope you do. I know that that is my mother’s great wish, as she comes from a long line of VERY long-lived women and really doesn’t want to go that route. Either that, or die in her sleep.

        The other reason I’d like to see you get raptured, besides your own great joy, is that I’d finally have proof that even my skepticism can’t ignore that I was wrong about leaving Christianity in such a way that permits me to change my mind, give the 666 people the finger, endure whatever persecution comes my way, and then go to be with a loving God for all eternity when it’s over.

        I’d love things to go that route, but the track record indicates that this is extremely unlikely, even if there really is going to be a Rapture, which I also doubt.

        • I appreciate your good wishes. You know, a person can look at the Rapture prophecy two different ways — we can assume that it should come when we think it should and then suffer disappointment when God’s timing doesn’t line up, or we can accept the truth of the prophecy and assume that every day that goes by brings us closer. Maybe He won’t come for His people for another thousand years, nevertheless, today is one day closer than yesterday.

    • Kung Fu Zu says:

      I have always wondered how a Christian could claim to know or try to predict exactly when Jesus would return.

      In 2nd Peter 3:10 it is written, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.” Then it goes over some details of the end of time and Paul’s past letters on the subject indicating “the ignorant and unstable misinterpret to their own ruin” (2nd Peter 3:16). Then in 2nd Peter 3:17, it is written, “So, dear friends, you have been forewarned. Take care not to let these unprincipled people seduce you with their errors”.

      This seems to be a clear warning that no one will know and those who make claims to do so, are charlatans or fools.

      More importantly, when discussing the end times, Jesus states in Mark 13:32, “Yet about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, not even the Son; no one but the Father.”

      This would seem to indicate that claiming to know or predicting the exact time of Christ’s return would be blasphemous.

      I would be interested to understand the thought process behind predicting the end with such specificity. I have never known anyone who believed they knew, or even expected the end in anything other than general terms, so I am curious.

      After pretty close reading of scripture, I believe the closest anyone can come to predicting the end of time is that it is the future. And everyone had better live as if it were coming in the next instant.

      • I agree. And I’m impressed with your scholarship. I do think we are to be aware of the events around us — more as a comfort than than a warning — after all, Paul does give us this description, I believe, just as a mile marker, if nothing else. It would be extremely unhealthy to think you knew for sure — I’d plunk myself down with a good book and let everything else go.

        • Kung Fu Zu says:

          Thanks. The little knowledge I have is something which most Americans would have had only a couple of generations back. That this is no longer the case, is worrying to me as knowledge of the Bible is essential to understanding our roots.

          Words from the Bible are referenced throughout Western history in our literature, politics and art. Even if one does not take it as Holy Scripture, there is no doubt that it is a wonderful font of wisdom and commentary on human nature.

          The Left, with other dupes, are raising a populace untethered to their past. They don’t know where they are from or where they are going and fall prey to fads, cults and various other foolish beliefs.

          • faba calculo says:

            Yes. Even an agnostic such as myself must admit that the Bible is not only an element of the western canon but probably its most important piece.

  4. Glenn Fairman Glenn Fairman says:

    “The devil doesn’t know how to sing, only how to howl.”

    –Francis Thompson

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