Signs Of The Time
“When evening comes, you say, It will be fair weather, for the sky is red, and in the morning, Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast. You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.”
Jesus criticized the leaders of his day for focusing on the weather and ignoring the signals in the above scripture. With the tragedies of the past years such as 9/11, Iraq, tsunami and Katrina I believe God is sending us a message, and I think we’d be wise to pay attention. The most immediate impression I take away from these tragedies is that all the possessions these people had accumulated during their lives are now gone. They had them one day and they were gone the next day. This is how fast God can take away things that people have worked a lifetime for. Another thing I gather from these tragedies is the true nature of people. There have been countless acts of kindness, giving and sacrifice on people trying to help other people. At the same time there have also been countless acts of people taking advantage of others by looting, robbing, rape and murder. This indicates that we are a people of both dignity and depravity. The hurricane blew off more than roofs; it blew the mask off the nature of mankind, and revealed the real self of many people. I believe God is telling us something, and that is that we need to wake up as a country and rebuild not only what was taken away by these disasters, but that we need to rebuild ourselves from the inside. We need to be changed by God from the inside out as I believe these disasters are a sign of the times.
Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
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