A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the “We Can Know” billboards that popped up all around the country. You can find that post here.
As I expected, May 21 came and went without much drama. My St. Louis Cardinals won a game, beating the Kansas City Royals 3-0. Animal Kingdom failed to take the Preakness and set himself up for the Triple Crown. Justin Timberlake hosted Saturday Night Live as Lady Gaga took on the musical chores. I worked on my pool and trimmed back some bushes. And the Second Coming of Christ did not take place yet again.
All in all, the day unfolded much like any other Saturday.
I promised I wouldn’t laugh, and I’m not. But I will urge people of all faiths – and no faith – to get serious about the here and now. Yes, it’s a mess, and it’s a mess in large part because of who we are and what we’ve done to ourselves and our planet. But things aren’t hopeless, and even if they are, we don’t have the luxury of acting as if they are.
As a Christian, I’m committed to being about the business of redemption and transformation, of myself and, in some small way, of the planet and my fellow humans. I think that’s something we can all get behind. Remember Jesus’s words: “Whatever you neglected to do unto one of the least of these, you neglected to do unto me.” Whether you’re a believer or not, I think you can support the idea of making life better for those around you.
We’re going to be here for a long, long time, I’m pretty sure, but if I’m wrong, the principle is still the same. Don’t fret over some cataclysmic end; if it’s coming, there’s nothing you can do stop it. There’s plenty you can do, however, to make the lives of people around you a little better, so go and do it.
I’m still here, and that’s what I’m going to do. How about you?