Canada is about a month away from having a national “do not call” list that should put an end to dinnertime telephone solicitation for those who don’t want any more calls. Needless to say, telemarketers have redoubled their efforts to get as many calls in as they can over the next few weeks. Some are live, some are pre-recorded, and all are a nuisance.
At the local level, the town where we live is supposedly banning the use of chemical pesticides on residential properties for cosmetic purposes, as of the end of this season. I say supposedly because the purveyors of pollution are fighting this to the bitter end. One of my neighbors, who works in the equally environmentally-unfriendly field of nuclear power (but without the charm of Homer Simpson), has actually signed up with TWO different companies. His lawn is a chemical soup, but looks absolutely no different from mine. The trucks are spraying so much of this stuff locally that the entire town reeks of it, and with two family members with severe asthma, it’s all I can do to not scream. A bike ride on Sunday ended after suddenly realizing I was inhaling and ingesting large quantities of the toxins.
The obvious metaphor? Society as a whole. Everybody trying to see what they can get away with, knowing deep down that a day of reckoning is coming. Knowing that the sand in the hourglass is going to run out. What should we be doing instead?
3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.
II Peter 3: 3 – 12a TNIV
Cartoon: Clay Bennett, The Christian Science Monitor