Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The End of the World

Just want to tell you that the world is going
to end. Now I know lots have said this before,
but this time I have the exact date.
Through planetary alignment, advanced maths
and throwing hedgehogs at a solar
system shaped dart board, I have the date.

The end of the world will begin at 9:45am on Tuesday 11th April 2007 in the basement of a fishmongers in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. This one tragic incident will cause a chain reaction spreading quickly to Leek and Uttoxeter, culminating in a 200 year fish war that will wipe out almost two thirds of all men over the age of 35 who still think it is acceptable to wear gel in their hair.

Okay, now the serious bit...I did actually watch Armageddon again tonight on BBC1, man that film is so light I had to anchor the TV to the cat, it is more cheesy than a dutch cheesemaker who has fallen into a vat of dairylea, but it did teach me something.

And no I am not going to try and get Christ into it like we do with most films, you know how it goes...'the asteroid represents Satan, and God sends Jesus (Bruce Willis) on the space shuttle to rescue earth, but he has to die in the process'.

What it did show was the 'hero culture' that so many crave. All the way through the film there are potential heroes, those who will selfishly save the planet, and who will be hailed heroes. I guess this comes from our comic book culture, and years of Hollywood movie heroes, though when we need them they never turn up do they? Remember 911, 7/7, Asian Tsunami, Oklahoma etc etc, Willis, Stallone and Schwarzenegger never turned up, and yes Superman, Spiderman and Mr Incredible were all absent superheroes.

In the real world heroes are rare, and in the Kingdom of God there is no call for heroes, you remember what Jesus was asked...

"Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom." "You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said to them. "Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?" "We can," they answered. Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father."

Nobody in the Kingdom gets a privileged position of rule and authority, nobody gets to be the star of the show, actually the opposite is true. True children of the Kingdom get to be bit part players, part of a much bigger picture. We can look for prestige and position, especially if we move into a power and glamour ministry, things like healing, prophecy, testimony, worship leading etc, but even in the Kingdom these are just part of the whole.

Listen to the promise of the Messiah 'You will indeed drink from my cup', how reassuirng to know that we will drink with him from the same cup as him. This faith is not for heroes, its not for the Bruce Willis saving the planet type people who relish the adulation and applause, but it is for those who do not hide their light under the bed, I mean, whose really going to see it there, a few spiders and a mouse.

You wanna be something? Then be what you were created and called to be, a bringer of light into a dark world, not your own light, but the light of Christ in you. Shine on people!!

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