“Show Me What You’ve Got” by Todd Strandberg

The main purpose of “Nearing Midnight” has always been to warn people about how close we are to the last days. If you go back and look at previous updates, you will notice a pattern: Terry and I reflect on the news events of the day, then we show how those headlines relate to Bible prophecy.

From time to time, I find it necessary to stop and comment on the Christians’ reaction to the end-time message. Simply put, there is no reaction. Idleness is such a pervasive problem, there is no justification for being tactful.

The vast majority of Christians are spiritually comatose. I’m just talking about the small percentage of people who still believe the Bible is true. Of these believers, most seem to have prophecy on “weather watch.” They’re waiting for something major to happen, yet they have no plan of action if the world does go crazy.

Everyone who claims to follow Jesus Christ needs to realize that we are accountable for our actions. Someday, we will have to stand before the Lord and tell Him what we’ve done in His name. When God looks at us individually in the eye and says, “Show me what you’ve got,” many Christians will have to have to admit they have nothing to report.

I’ve become aware of this profound state of laziness from operating this website. When I ask people to contribute to various projects, the response rate is normally one-tenth of a percent. Somehow, people have managed to disconnect themselves from the core values that once defined us as believers – particularly the support of evangelism. It’s even becoming hard to find other prophecy sites that are well-maintained. I’ve noticed a growing list of domains that have not been updated in several years.

The lack of dedication is not the result of a drought in talent and resources. The average viewer of RR would be best described as smart, highly educated, and tech-savvy, with an above-average income. We probably have a couple hundred millionaires who frequent the site, and our regular visitors include people who are leaders in every shade of business, media, sports, and politics.

All these blessings from God do not result in action because most people are more worried about the cares of this life than they are about the issues that matter for all eternity. The world is going to hell in a hand basket because Christians don’t feel it’s their problem.

Just like it is with the general population, believers have become totally fixated on selfish interests. One day I was doing a search for pages that offered Christians advice on what they should be doing with their lives. The first link that came up was a book entitled, “101 Things You Should Do Before Going to Heaven,” by David Bordon & Tom Winters. I could not believe the nonsense they list as priorities for Christians. Here are a few:

Bake Bread from Scratch
Know Thyself
Eat Cheesecake for Breakfast
Build a Sandcastle
Bite a Hot Pepper
Get Comfortable in Your Own Skin

Just in case there is any doubt that the book is a parody of sound advice, they do list, “Read the Bible from cover to cover.” The vast majority of the items on this to-do list are self-centered nonsense that fits snuggly with all the other feel-good books being published today.

Like most cities, Omaha has a public access channel that allows local people to share their views on various subjects. Many of these people produce programs of a religious nature. Last week as I was flipping through the channels, I encountered a gentleman named Scott McPhillips who was trying to give his personal salvation story. I say “trying,” because he appeared to be profoundly retarded, which made it very difficult for the audience to understand what he was saying. After carefully listening to him, I learned that his mental state was the result of an auto accident.

Here is someone with a huge disadvantage, and yet he is using what little abilities he has to share with people the faith that resulted from his accident. He doesn’t leave much room for people who say they don’t have the skills to witness.

My challenge to you folks is to do one single act that is productive to the Kingdom of God. Because there is such a world of difference between Christians who are actively in supporting their faith and those who are just observers, my only request is that you take one small step towards involvement.

After 20 years of service, I can testify that being a workman for Christ has been extremely beneficial to my spiritual life. Instead of being someone who is bored and anxiously waiting for major events to happen, I now realize there is only some much I can do, and time is rapidly running out.

What has made Rapture Ready the largest prophecy site on the internet has been the fact that it is a group effort. We will accept any witness that brings people to the truth.

If you want to add something to the site, my advice is to focus on answering questions that people might be searching for. I never did find a good page that answered my query on, “What should Christians be doing?”. Perhaps someone might want to tackle this one.

Last week I talked about the Iran conflict. If I were to wake tomorrow to the news that Israeli jets had bombed Iran’s nuclear facilities and the world was in major uproar, I would probably be struck with a panic attack: “Oh no, am I ready to go?” What keeps me working in the prophetically inactive times is the realization that the end will come suddenly, and there are no second chances.

“For this reason you be ready too; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will” (Mt. 24:44).

— Todd

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