I have to let you know that 2020 is really going to be one fascinating year. And an easy way to figure that out is to see how last year ended.Now, I know you don’t waste your time watching “Meet the Press,” because that show comes on during church hours on Sunday mornings, but I saw a clip of the show from the very last broadcast of 2019.
Chuck Todd, the moderator, decided to read a letter that was written to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Here is what he reported to his viewers: “[W]hy do good people support Trump? It’s because people have been trained from childhood to believe in fairy tales. … This set their minds up to accept things that make them feel good. … The more fairy tales and lies he tells, the better they feel. … Show me a person who believes in Noah’s ark, and I will show you a Trump voter.”
This is really interesting to think about. But out of all of those newspapers and out of all of the letters sent in to those newspapers, this is the one that Chuck Todd chose to use to make a point? Seriously? You see, there had to be a reason for him choosing it. And, of course, that reason is very easy to figure out.
We do live in a post-truth society, as Chuck mentions. Many think that anyone who believes in God cannot handle the thought that there isn’t a God. They say absolute truth doesn’t exist, yet it’s an absolute “truth” to them that God doesn’t exist. So we are the fairy-tale people. Supposed myths and mythologies are the only things we believe in. But then, he really goes for the jugular. He goes for the religious people. He goes for the Jews and Christians. He goes right for the book of Genesis. If you believe in Noah or his ark, then you are a Trump voter. What he is really saying is that if you believe that Noah’s ark is historical fact, then you are a simpleton. You are not an enlightened thinker. You have not reached Ivy League status. You are just grasping at the straws of biblical fairy tales, and you will be sadly disappointed when you take your last breath.
One thing to notice here is the sheer mockery he is making of religious people. The scoffing taking place is really fascinating: “You aren’t smart enough to figure out that we evolved from goo to the zoo to you, so I will mock you. I will show you my superiority over your fairy-tale beliefs. You can spend all of your time in the Children’s section at Barnes and Noble, and I will spend mine in the Preening Philosophers section.”
2 Peter:3:1-8: This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Oops, we have a problem here. Peter believed in a worldwide flood! And even he said there would be scoffers like Chuck Todd who would be around in 2020. Believing in a worldwide flood is ludicrous to them. Mocking is something unbelievers like to do. It’s almost like it’s part of their DNA. But now, we have another problem:
Matthew:24:37: But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Luke:17:27: They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Hebrews:11:7: By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
As you can see, the problem has become even bigger. Now we have Matthew, Luke, and the author of Hebrews (which most people think is Paul) who also believe in Noah and his big, big boat! Not only were people in Noah’s day mocking the ark, they were mocking their only escape from Judgment.
But now for the coup de grâce. The really big one. The one that Chuck may or may not know about.
Matthew:24:34-42: Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.