I am a Christian, but lately, I have noticed that no one wants to talk about that. I can talk with other Christians about our beliefs, but people who don’t believe don’t seem to care. When I just mention that I believe in Jesus, I get an awkward silence, and then the other person changes the subject, or leaves.
So, does anyone out there care about Jesus anymore?
Probably not many, but the question is wrong. Does anyone do anything for more than a week?
You might know the name Alvin Toffler, the author who wrote a famous book “Future Shock.” The book was published about fifty years ago, which makes him a futurist from the past. He predicted that the pace of change would accelerate; change would come on us so fast we wouldn’t be able to cope with it.
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In the Bible, the mark of a successful prophet, or religious futurist, was if the predictions came true:
Alvin Toffler predicted something fifty years ago, and it is true now. Change has changed. The way things change is very different now, and most of us still think in the old way. We look for careers that will be stable for a lifetime, and where I live, we buy expensive real estate and hope it will always increase in value. I know people who continue to live in their house because they would lose too much money if they sold it. They predicted unchanging stability.
Yesterday, something happened that showed me I am living in Alvin Toffler’s ‘Future Shock.’ One of my work responsibilities is to evaluate other people’s safe driving, and I was with a client in a vehicle, on a quiet street. A car drove past us, and suddenly two police vehicles blocked that car, front and back, and several large men got out of the police vehicles. I will skip the details because I am required to be confidential, but I can say that we were in a part of town known for gang activities, in the past, and I think I saw an undercover gang unit do an aggressive take down. For a few seconds, we were probably in extreme danger, and then we carefully skirted the scene and drove away. Now, it feels like it never happened.
What I saw was modern police work, with fast vehicles, communication and coordination, and highly trained officers. They probably knew who we were before we saw them, and they just wanted us to leave.
Welcome to future shock. If the take down had gone wrong, I could be writing this from a hospital bed.
And you might have heard about the boy in an elementary school in Florida. He made a childish version of a shirt for his favourite team, and wore it to school. Of course, some other kids teased him and he cried. A teacher put this information on Facebook, and it all exploded. Now Amazon is selling shirts with the boy’s design, and he has a full scholarship to university, if he keeps his marks up.
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Alvin Toffler was correct. We now live in a world where information explodes. Today is not tomorrow, what we have now is different from what we will have soon.
So, will things flip and will people care about Jesus? Almost certainly. We will soon have what we don’t have now. One of my favourite news stories about this change is the preaching tour by Marylin Hickey, an American Television preacher. This happened in 2012 and I think the preacher was 81 at the time. It happened in Pakistan, a place dominated my militant Islam, where Christians are commonly persecuted. And what happened? The largest meeting was attended by more than 200,000 people, and the audience for the whole tour was about 400,000; in Pakistan.
- RELATED: Marilyn Hickey’s night of healing rallies draw over 400,000 in Pakistan: Christian Post
That is future shock with Jesus, and we will see more. Our faith in Jesus will be like everything else in this world, changing and exploding. What we see is not what we will see, and things are happening that we don’t see. Now, the largest number of Christians in one country is probably in Communist China, and one of the fastest growing Christian communities is in Nepal. Did you see that coming?
We were promised this two thousand years ago, before Alvin Toffler. Jesus said “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)
Where I live, that will be a future shock explosion, and Jesus has a good track record for predicting the future. Two thousand years ago, people were comforted by the beautiful temple in Jerusalem, and it seemed unchanging to them.
Jesus predicted an explosion:
A few years later, a Roman army demolished that temple, and it no longer exists.
So, does anyone care about Jesus? I believe that He predicted our future accurately.