Posted by: Mel Smith | September 29, 2008

Bun Bun, the frightened Rabbit.

I met a frightened rabbit the other day. Oh, he said he was a Christian and that may or may not be the case, who am I to judge? But for what ever else he is, he was a frightened rabbit the other day!

I’ll call him Bun Bun after a real rabbit I once knew.

Bun Bun, the frightened rabbit scampers for his hole.

Bun Bun, the frightened rabbit scampers for his hole on a bright sunny day in this original art work by Mel Smith.

Bun Bun was all excited over world events, though he was not exactly precise in what was troubling him. Somehow, one of his trusted sources – Blogs, television news, the internet, or Rush Limbaugh! – had Bun Bun in a panic.

Panic 1. of, relating to, or resembling the mental or emotional state believed induced by the god Pan <~fear> …

Panic 1. a sudden overpowering fright especially a sudden unreasoning terror often accompanied by mass fright. 2. a sudden widespread fright concerning financial affairs that results in a depression of values caused by extreme measures for protection of property… (Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary)

Listening to Rush Limbaugh on Friday September 26, 2008 had apparently really gotten Bun Bun hyperventilating. Bun Bun was yelling for everyone else to “Wake-up” in one breath, and then declaring that God alone knew what tomorrow would bring with the next! Then he’d go back to forecasting unspeakable woes as he again contemplated the future with hysterical terror.

Bun Bun thought that any real Christians would be able to relate to his state of mind and that’s about when I decided I needed to take issue with Bun Bun.

As you may have already perceived from the definition, the very word panic is derived from another god, not the Christian God. Our God has called us to another state-of-mind other than fear when we face each new day in our world.

When Jesus warned his disciples about troubled times ahead, he said they should have peace and even be of good Cheer! (John 17:20)… he told them not to fear those that could kill the body but not the soul (yeowzza!) (Matthew 10:28)… and he invited all who labor and are heavy laden to take his yoke upon them for he is gentle and lowly in heart and we will find rest for our souls (I have been so impressed with these words that I named one of my web sites!) With numerous other words and assurances, Christians are urged to take heart, have faith, enjoy peace, and live with joyfulness, no-matter what happens in the world around us.

Bun Bun had part of the story right when he confessed that God alone knows what tomorrow will bring. What ever it is, we know that all things work together for good for those of us that love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.

Many Christians have been so schooled in the fringe theology that says ‘we’ are the terminal generation, that they have forgotten that no one knows the day or the hour of Christ’s return! They have forgotten that God’s word tells us;

” Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15

Let’s remember that there has been a steady parade of people through history who have thought they knew… what Jesus Christ said we do not know! That is not to say that our Lord will never return, but it is to affirm what God has told us, that no one knows when that day will happen.

As we wait for that day, let us have the mind of Christ in us, not the mind of the god Pan!

The Apocalypse Conspiracy by John Noe. Have you been fooled?

The Apocalypse Conspiracy by John Noe. Have you been fooled? I've just begun reading this book so I don't know if I agree or disagree with what Mr. Noe has written. Mel Smith.


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