The world is ending. This statement is true, but the greater question that many have is “when.”
The idea of end times was brought forth in many ways in past elections entangling it with politics.
Some Christians believe that there is a direct correlation between politics and the end of the world, known to many Christians simply as “end times.”
This view is riddled with jargon, such as conspiracy, new world order and other terms, implying that current politics somehow indicate when the end of the world will be upon us. This notion is not biblical.
Some outspoken evangelicals, such as Harold Camping, claim they can map out and tell us when the end of the world is coming using a biblical mathematical equation. This is complete blasphemy. It states in the Bible that only God knows when the end will be.
This is to prevent us from getting caught up in believing that we can do whatever we please and then, a little while before Judgment Day, live a fruitful Christ-like life. This is also not biblical.
Many have tried to make scripture match what has transpired in politics, and have often considered world leaders as the Anti- christ. Some have considered Adolph Hitler or Joseph Stalin as the Anitchrist; however, scripture states the Antichrist will be of Middle-Eastern decent. Yet, neither of these men were Middle Eastern. Still others have considered politicians as part of a cult because they use words such as “new world order.”
As followers of Christ, it is not important to dwell on who the Antichrist is or could be. What must be kept in mind is whatever happens in politics is also part of God’s master plan — his will must be done.
I do not believe that Obama is the Antichrist, but I also think that is not the point. We cannot focus on that as Christians. Instead, we must focus our energies on the Great Commission and not letting this fallen world influence us.
It cannot be forgotten that Satan goes to great lengths to have Christians focus on him instead of Christ. Focusing on end times and diluting it with the occult and conspiracy theories only gives the enemy fuel for his deathly fire.
Another mistaken reference is 2 Timothy 3:1-5, a verse often used as an example of what the end days will look like.
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God — having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people,” states the passage.
This is true, according to Christian doctrine. However, we live in a fallen world surrounded by evil, where Satan attacks Christians daily, so of course, this is what our world presently looks like.
It is not Christian to focus on the specific aspects of end times. Rather, we are to be presenting the gospel, sharing Christ’s love and spreading the Good News with those living a life apart from Christ. That is what our main concern should be.
But why are so many Christians engulfed in end times political discussions?
The answer lies in fear. Fear is what plagues us as Christians to believe in this end time prophecy. If we are fearful about our relationship with Christ and our eternal life, then that is the real problem. So many people claim to be Christians but have such little fruit in their life to prove it.
Christ calls us to always be believers and lovers of him. He gives us a challenge of loving others before ourselves, and in this fallen world it is easy to pervert Scripture to make it fitting to today’s politics and circumstances.
Regardless of what we believe politically, it is essential to not corrupt the Bible by attributing political fallacy to our sound religious beliefs.