Parson to Person
The first half of the 19th century is dubbed as the second great awakening in America. In the 1840s the Millerite movement arose, so called after a prominent leader, William Miller. He had it figured out that Jesus would return on October 22, 1844. No small crowd of folks divested themselves of worldly goods and waited with great expectation. Of course, it did not happen. The event became known as the Great Disappointment. But, not to give up, the date was supposedly found with error and a new date set. That did not happen either. Did the followers dissipate? Some did, but enough stayed the error to evolve into the Seventh Day Adventist Denomination.
A few decades ago, a small sect of folks believed a leader that set the date for Christ’s return to earth. This was here in western Arkansas. They, too, divested themselves of material things. Many of them sat on a housetop with great expectation of seeing the monumental event. They, too, suffered a great disappointment due to ignorance of the Word of God.
The charade of religious charlatans goes on. Dates are set, discolored moons due to atmospheric conditions are observed, etc. So, fool me once, and fool me twice, and fool me once again!
What is sorely needed is for God’s people to immerse themselves in the pages of Holy Writ to be personally informed thereby having the ability to share knowledge of spiritual things. Ironically, church houses are often filled with folks who have really good intentions of doing just that. But some philosopher once noted that good intentions are like good eggs: if they are not hatched in a timely manner, they will soon rot.
So what are you waiting on? What is your purpose for taking up space on the planet? Some followers of Jesus wanted to wait until their father died and was buried, but Jesus said, “Let the dead bury their dead. Follow me!” Let everyone forget about noble dreams of tomorrow. God gives us all today! Yesterday is gone forever, and tomorrow does not exist. What you have is today. You may have been fooled once, or twice. Must you be fooled again?