Everywhere I go, everyone I talk to, everything I watch – it’s all about “Frankenstorm.”
Sandy, a Category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 144 k/hour, is picking up speed and strengthens as it heads up the East Coast of the States. Financial markets, airports, schools and mass transit systems have been shut down and thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes.
New York shut down all train, bus and subway service Sunday night. More than 5 million riders a day depend on that transit system. I saw these pictures on the news this morning – if you’ve ever been in the NYC subway system during the morning commute, you’d agree that these scenes are eerie.
While looking at these pictures, I couldn’t help but think of the book, Left Behind, a best-selling novel by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins that was released in 1995. This book and others in the series gives narrative form to a specific eschatological reading of the Bible, particularly the Book of Revelation. The story takes place from the day of to a week after the Rapture. Millions of people suddenly vanish and frantic “survivors” of the disappearances begin their search for their friends and families, as well as answers to what has happened.
Recognizing there are criticisms and controversy over the content of this book and without being too dramatic, I do remember reading the first book of this series and asking myself, “Am I ready? Have I prepared?”
People have thought very pro-actively about Hurricane Sandy. They’ve loaded up on groceries and water, filled their gas tanks, stored some extra cash away, anticipated power outages by buying extra batteries and candles, “buckled down the hatches” and reviewed their family’s safety plan. They know the storm’s a’comin’ and they’ve done everything possible to prepare for it.
I wonder if they’ve done the same level of preparation for their souls.
I confess that You, Lord Jesus, are the my Savior and Lord and I desire to live my life in a way that honors You. These days that You have ordained for me to walk on this earth are preparation for eternity. All authority, on heaven and on this earth, has been given to You. You are in control and I consciously put myself in Your hands every morning. Although this world looks and feels threatening with storms and tsunamis, terrorism and suicide bombings, human slavery and ever present injustice, I choose to live my life based on Your Truth and Hope.
My security is found in You.
I remember the first time I learned about Pascal’s Wager. Blaise Pascal was a 17th century Scientist, theologian, philosopher and Christian who proposed that there are one of two truths in the universe, and one of two ways to live in relation to those truths.
The truths are: either God exists or God doesn’t exist.
The ways to live: you can live as if God exists, or you can live as if God doesn’t exist.
Pascal put these two ideas together and his infamous wager goes something like this:
- If God doesn’t exist, and you live as though He doesn’t exist, you have no losses.
- If God doesn’t exist, and you live as though He does, you have no losses but gain the advantages of a better life.
- If God does exist, and you live as though He doesn’t, you lose big time.
- If God does exist, and you live as though He does, you have no losses and gain everything.
Although Pascal’s wager doesn’t “prove the existence of God”, it does cause one to consider the importance of investigating the reality of the Creator’s existence…
…and to prepare for more than “Frankenstorm.”