Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14(NLT)
Just about everyone knows what a melt-down looks like. There are varieties, such as the third grader who lost a race on the playground, or a high school athlete who just lost the year’s most important game. There is the business agent who lost the big contract to competition. There’s the bully who just got exposed as a fraud.
A melt-down is when everything comes unglued, and common sense becomes scarce. It’s when irritability steps up its game to become white-hot, seething, foaming-at-the-mouth revenge-seeking anger!
The writer of Hebrews understood full-well that those who live a life filled with melt-down kind of anger are those who eventually find themselves alone. Nobody likes to be around anyone who is perpetually melting-down. In fact, Scripture condemns runaway anger as one of the seven deadly sins. The writer goes so far as to say that kind of person will not see the Lord.
It’s that serious.
Unrestrained temper tantrums are becoming something of this new millennium’s hallmark. Terrorist events, where dozens of people die, screaming matches in political events, road rage, and the dividing lines drawn in the sand by groups of all kinds, against other groups of all kinds…well, it seems to define what we’ve become; welcome to the 21st century!
And, as disturbing and depressing as the sound of all that may be, the beat of the drum may have only begun. Somewhere, perhaps far in the future, perhaps sooner than later, there is coming an ultimate melt-down. That one is known as End Times, Armageddon, and Last Days.
Jesus taught his disciples that they should recognize the signs of the last days. One of those signs is unchecked anger, where evil increases and the disdain of people for godliness becomes overwhelmingly gross. I would call it a perpetual state of melt-down, gone way past the point of caring about God, to the point where nothing about God can be seen. It’s where anger has blinded so many there is hardly a thought thrown towards goodness any more.
But Jesus also taught his disciples that they are salt and light to just such a generation.
Have you thought about the way you’ll be a light-bearer in this melt-down world?