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The anticipation is chilling

"Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door..." Matthew 24.33

No I am not referring specifically to this afternoon's rugby match, nor to the likelihood of war in Ukraine, nor even that impulse in a normally risk-averse person to step over the edge of a cliff. It's the more general awareness of a morbid fascination with disaster of which all of these predicaments are expressive which comes to mind. And one might go: the sight of those Twin Towers collapsing on 9/11 2001, or the prospect of environmental disaster on account of climate change. The danger arising from all of these predicaments is that we collapse in a paralysis of indifference or panic.

The Bible does not spare us the sobering consequences of our actions. Yet it does offer us a better alternative. And it confronts us with a stark alternative, a forking of the road no less. Carry on as we are and that road leads to destruction and condemnation. Or follow Jesus through the carnage and on to a better place. Neither option is without its challenges but one confirms our worst fears while the other promises redemption. It's make you mind up time... Every day requires the same decision of us until... the days are ended and eternity takes over. So will you take up your cross, or roll over and die?



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