Have you ever had a dream that bothers you? Not a nightmare, but the kind of dream that seems like it is about something more than random, unconscious thoughts. I had one of those last night. I have been thinking about it all day.
I rarely remember my dreams. The ones that I do remember, I don’t remember in detail, only fragments. Sometimes I wake up from a dream thinking that I will remember it, but by the time my mind comes fully awake, the memory of the dream has fled.
Last night’s dream was not much different. I don’t remember the details. I don’t remember the whole story. But I do remember the feelings.
I do remember that it was about the end of the world. My wife and I were in a familiar place when we saw some kind of flying objects that we knew signaled that the end was near. We had to hurry home. On the way we were intercepted by some men who we knew were enemies. These men did not try to harm us, but just talked to us as we tried to hurry home by foot. I do not remember their arguments, but they were telling us things about Jesus that we had never heard before.
In Christian circles we hear lots of theories about the “end of the world.” I don’t think my dream rates with the Revelation of John or is enough to inspire a series of apocalyptic books. It just made me think.
Many people imagine a time when Christianity will become an illegal activity; a time when we will have to swear allegiance to Satan or be put to death. I don’t think it will be so devious. Perhaps I am wrong, but I just cannot see our global society wholeheartedly rejecting the religion that has shaped the culture of nearly the entire world for two millennia. I don’t think we will see sinister forces building black churches with inverted crosses and erecting memorials to evil in our town squares.
I see a society that is gradually deceived; we become convinced of untruths about Jesus and the church. The radical, society altering, culture shaping, life changing religion that Jesus established is replaced by tradition and moral precepts. Rather than establishing a new way of life in the midst of the kingdoms of the world, our faith will be about personal fulfillment.
It is always a better strategy to make the enemy soft and ineffective rather than attacking them head on.