Don’t Look Up! (And why I feel burdened most days.)

Imagine knowing that the world was going to end, having credible proof and telling lots of people about it – only for them to ignore you, attack you or even turn you into a meme! That’s the premise for the Netflix movie, “Don’t Look Up.” Without giving away any spoilers, it’s about a big “Planet-Killing” asteroid that’s heading for earth in 6 months time.

The movie is in turns comical, cynical, hysterical and downright miserable. It also has a pathological infatuation with the f-word which is as needless and annoying as ever. But despite that, it packs a punch and has a message that might be worth listening to.

In the end, Netflix comes to the conclusion that human beings are too stupid, too busy and too selfish to ever make the right choices and save our world.

Sound familiar? At this point, you’re probably thinking, “Tell me about it! Climate Change is destroying our world and people aren’t really taking it seriously enough!”

You’d be wrong.

Well, you’re right about Climate Change (probably, just to keep everyone happy).

But you’re wrong about the planet-killer that’s coming. And you’d be wrong about why I personally feel so burdened every single day.

When I speak to most people about Jesus, they often smile, laugh, nod, ignore and go back to their lives. Despite me urging them to “Look UP!” Despite the patently obvious truth that one day they will die. Despite the clear evidence that this world is NOT anywhere remotely close to heaven. And despite the testimony of the Bible and countless Christians through the ages that Jesus is the risen Lord and Saviour.

I believe that Jesus rose from the dead. I believe he gave credible proof by appearing to countless eye-witnesses. I believe the transformation of the known world through the spread of the message of Christ proves it. I even believe that my transformed life is another tiny proof that Jesus is alive.

And I believe this sentence, given to us as a promise and a warning:

“For God has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

Most people just don’t want to stop and look up… because IF they do stop, and look up, they might just have to confront the elephant in the room. It leaves me feeling sad and burdened.

But there’s hope. All around the world, here and there, people are looking up.

People like my friend James, who wants to read about the life of Jesus as found in John’s Gospel. James isn’t a Christian yet, but he’s stopped, and now he’s looking UP… by looking down at the New Testament accounts of a man who said, “You must be ready – for the Son of Man will return at an hour that you do not expect!”