We’d finished our morning session at the National Convention of Open Bible Churches in Denver, Colorado. My church and district pastors had paid my way there to represent their views. I spent the morning listening to speeches and discussing proposed changes to dilute our Statement of Belief. Everyone was ready for lunch.
Sitting next to me in the business sessions was a fellow pastor from New Mexico. We met just that morning and decided to go to lunch to get to know each other better.
When we finished lunch, the other pastor asked what plans I had for the afternoon. His question surprised me. The next business session would determine what our denomination believed about the return of Jesus. I planned to be in that meeting and make my voice heard. He planned to play golf.
“I’ve been a pastor for nine years,” he said, “and I’ve never once preached on the second coming of Jesus. I just don’t find anything practical about it.”
He played golf and I went to determine our belief on the soon-coming of Christ.
Now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure (1 John 3:2-3).
The Second Coming seems very practical to me.