God on Film: Armageddon Fear, Apocalyptic Faith

It’s official: summer is here and it feels like we are on fire! Phoenix is often the hottest place in the country on most days, but it’s the perfect setting for Sunday when we will be talking about doomsday movies. You know, the story where the world as we know it ends. The world population has dwindled to a remnant and will soon be gone. I admit it; I like to watch movies like these.

What is the attraction to apocalyptic movies? For me, it is the flight or fight instinct, the adrenaline rush, where I am a survivor, of course. I can wonder if I have the resourcefulness to survive. I like to learn about the ways that people cope and survive. Deep, deep down, I know I would most likely be among the 80% dead but I refuse to go there. My imagination takes me to a place where I am rising above the majority, doing good, and choosing to help other survivors. Apocalyptic movies help us imagine, perhaps prepare, and even learn, about human nature.

The Bible talks about “Armageddon,” a God-sized doomsday. It is the final battle fought between the forces of good and evil. (Revelations 16) It has been interpreted as the last of this age where you have to choose a side. Everyone is in this battle. There is no choice. You are either for God or against God. Spoiler alert: God’s side wins! The Bible has made the word “Armageddon” a part of our vernacular and no doubt inspired movies and survivalist junkies.

At the core of catastrophic disaster is the raw emotion of fear. The focus is to survive at a base level. All of us have experienced fear at some level. What does fear do to us? What do you fear? How do you overcome fear? The Bible has many encouraging words for us. Since the book of Revelation is our Armageddon genre book, it seems appropriate to share one from Revelation 2:10 “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Beware, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have affliction. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

Spoiler alert: God gives us the tools to overcome fear! I hope to see you Sunday!

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Brenda Smith
brenda@pvumc.org
Office: 602-840-8360 Ext 141

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