I’ll be getting back to my Justice League stuff soon, but today I want to talka bout a verse that has intrigued me for a long time.
Maybe you’ve heard this “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many will grow cold.”
That verse is from Matthew 24:12
Just for context, that whole chapter is about end times.
Which is a big theme nowadays.
But what most of us who haven’t been in church a long time don’t realiz is that the Bible calls all time after the ascention of Christ the End Times, or The Last Days. We’ve had 2,017 years of the Last Days.
But a fun fact about God is that he says a thousand years is the same as a single day to him, so with that view of it, it’s been two days and a few seconds since Jesus left.
Witht hat perspective, Jesus could show up at any minute.
But this post is not about that, I;m merely setting the stage for my actual topic.
The reasib the context is important is because whenever the End Times are referenced in Scripture, they usually are getting progressively worse. For instance, it is said it will be like the days of Noah, then like the days of Lot. Lot’s days were worse than Noah’s.
What this means is that the cooling off of love that the above verse talks about is going to increase more and more as time goes. It won’t just stop and then plateau.
Whether or not you are a Bible fan, I think you’ll agree with me that there is a big loss of love going on in the world today. And that it has gone on for some time.
What I never really thought about before was the first half of that verse. “Because iniquity shall abound.”
In the Bible Iniquity is a word used to not just mean sin, but to mean sin that is like a disease, sin that spreads and infects everything around it. (My personal take on it, I don’t think that’s the official definition.)
There’s a lot of iniquity to go around now. Always has been since those words were first spoken.
But did you know that the love Jesus is referring to in that verse is the Unconditional Love that the Church is meant to show?
And by Church, I do not mean a gathering of believers. IT’s great when you can find that, but most often you’ll find that the actual church is only a percentage of the people in the building. The ones who are actually godly and care about living holy lives. That’s who I’m referring to.
So, in summary, the Love of these Christians will grow cold because of all the sin around.
Now for the shocker: I always thought this verse was a warning to those who took their faith too un-seriously. Now I think this verse is a warning to me.
That’s right, me. The person who’s been obsessed with her faith ever since she was a kid.
But lately, I notice I do have a problem with love.
You see, I find sin to be an annoying thing. Not that I expect perfection, but when I discover people are lax about the most basic principles of Christian Living, I get kind of…testy.
I’m just telling you all the truth here. I do have a vindictive personality.
I have high standards for myself, and while I do not hold others up to that level, I do expect more from them than they do from themselves.
What irritates me is that I like it when people expect a lot of me (within reason,) but the majority of folks do not.
How many of you have felt the same way? I know some of you have. You look around and wonder why everyone else has lost their minds, and you seem to be a lone sensible person in a sea of stupidity.
And to make matters worse, these others will constantly tell you that you’re just better than they are, but you shouldn’t expect them to be like that.
At this point, smoke usually starts coming out of my ears.
But even if I’m right to be angry and disgusted, I do face a danger here.
It’s true, many people are less moral than I am. It’s not pride, it’s fact. But that doesn’t mean I get to stop seeing hem as people.
That is the temptation. Once we feel someone is lower than us in some way, we cans tops seeing them as full human beings, who deserve love and compassion.
We’ve all done this, we warn someone about doing something dumb, they do it and come back crying, and we just shrug and say “I told you so.” And don’t help.
Because obviously the fact that we told them so means we don’t need to help them any further.
Well, maybe if people were like dogs, and lived only to do what their master wanted and occasionally get a bone or a toy in return, that would suffice.
But people are not dogs. And when we got he extra mile with them, sometimes it’s only then that they can understand what we were trying to say all along.
Jesus actually said “If someone compels you to go with him one mile, go with him two.”
We’ve all seen it in movies, a person forces another to help them, the other person eventually comes to care about them, and even when they no longer have to help, they decide to stick around anyway.
Life is really no different.
And the hard truth is that even if you go the extra mile, you may never make any lasting change in someone’s life…but they will change yours.
We still need to do it.
And though sin makes it easy to despise people, as I know only too well, it does not make it right. Sin never made anything right.
Christian or not, your life is going to be better if you learn how to show Unconditional Love. Love that can’t be driven off, duped, or disowned. It just is.
I have to go now and get ready for a driving lesson, until next time–Natasha.