Thursday, January 30, 2014

Super Bowl. Eschatology and Catholic Educators

I've been mulling a couple of different topics and decided to incorporate two  into a singular post.

This Sunday will pit the Seattle Seahawks of my state against the Denver Broncos in a match of number one offenses, defenses and conference seeds vying for professional football's biggest prize. The hype is larger than life with over 6,000 reporters gathers in New York and New Jersey to cover the 48th annual event. Fans of both teams are passionate about their teams. I don't know about Denver, but here in the Northwest, Seahawks teal and blue and 12th man flags and house decorations are giving Christmas a run for its money.

There is a nervousness and an expectancy and people can't wait for the kickoff.  I am one of those eagerly watching and waiting.

However, I am also eagerly anticipating, and waiting for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe we are living in the very last of the last days that Peter spoke of in Acts 2 and that Jesus Himself spoke of in Matthew chapters 24 and 25. The apostle Paul also wrote of the last time events in 1 and 2 Thessalonians. 

The early church was  expecting Jesus to come back at any time. Of course we know that God's economy of time differs from our own but still the church is admonished to watch and wait. One parable Jesus used was of 10 virgins waiting for the bridegroom. Five didn't have enough oil and when they went to buy some, the bridegroom came and they were left out.

What I see in the church today is almost no teaching or mention of the Second Coming of Jesus, yet Biblical prophecy and the critical sign of the restoration of Israel as a nation in 1948 shows we are in that time frame. The church is simply not being prepared for the Lord's return. Teaching that prepares the saints for the return of Jesus should result in stronger faith, more dedicated service to fellow believers and the larger non-believing community. If the church had as much eagerness and excitement preparing for the Lord's return as its members do for a 60-minute football game, our communities would be radically different.

We should be eagerly  anticipating the Lord's return because He is coming back for believers. Unlike the Super Bowl where the outcome has yet to be decided, the word of God contained in the Bible already tells us that believers in Jesus have already won and inherit the prize of eternal life.  We will dwell with God forever. It is the written word that tells us what is sure and solid and what can be believed and accepted as truth.

That brings me to educators, parents, students and administrators at an east Seattle area  Catholic High school. School officials fired its male vice-principal for marrying  his gay lover. The vice-principal violated church teaching and school policy to which he agreed. All have acknowledged how great a teacher and administrator he was.

The disturbing part is  the parents and  the students who took to making signs  and protesting the termination have basically said the prevailing culture should determine what the church teaches instead of the church determining how the culture should be formed.

Why?

Well, the Catholic teachers, parents  and students of today are just as biblically ignorant of the sacred scriptures as the Catholic teachers, parents and  students of the 1950s, 60s and 70s when I attended classes.  God left us his written word that we might have a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). It is the word that tells us what God's plan is for us, why we need to repent,  how we can be saved by faith and how we are to live a moral and clean life.

It's all about God's word, not the culture of the day. Confusion reigns in that church because of biblical ignorance. The Bible is given lip service. A majority of Catholic  parishioners couldn't tell you if the books Philemon or Ezra  were in the Old or New testaments. Former Catholics who have become biblically born-again know and understand the biblical ignorance  and grieve for those caught up in a religious system where the flock is totally dependent upon the clergy to educate them in spiritual matters.

It is important that Catholic educational culture changes, because Jesus is coming back for His bride very soon. Those left behind to live out the final seven years of hell on earth before Jesus returns with all His saints and sets foot on the Mount of Olives are now being slowly brainwashed to accept more and more unbiblical ideas and teachings.  While the Bible says no man knows the day nor the hour, Jesus did say we could discern the signs of the times. Those times are upon us. It is imminent.

Catholic educators are failing in their task and ministerial focus. Repentance, a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ faith alone and clear teaching from the written Word of God contained in the Bible-- the final authority in matters of  faith and morals-- is the cure.

The party the Bride of Christ will have when Jesus comes back for believers in the Rapture that precedes the final seven years of Daniels 70 weeks of years prophecy will be bigger and better than any Super Bowl party past, present or future.

If you want to be involved in that celebration, turn your life over to Jesus, ask Him to forgive you your sins and begin to see what great things God has for you today!

God bless.

PS:  Go Seahawks!