The Quiet Life

Have you ever met one of those? You know… those “fanatics” who stockpile food and weapons in a bunker somewhere in no-man’s-land? There they plan to retreat and await an Apocalypse.

One wonders these days if people aren’t increasingly freaking out about the “end of the world.” For example, just last month Reuters and the Seattle Times reported Peter Keller, 41, as having killed his wife and daughter, and then to retreat to his “fort” in the woods.

“Authorities added that Keller took over $6,000 out of his bank account before the deaths of his wife, Lynnettee, and daughter, Kaylene, and was said to be preparing for the “end of the world” (Sky News).

What is equally as lamentable as the death of Mr. Keller’s wife and daughter is such rash ‘bunker behavior‘ is often precipitated by personal belief and worldview–religious, political, or otherwise. Biblical Christianity, however, does not condone rebellion against government or ‘holing up’ for the end of the world. What is biblical Christianity to look like? The Christian’s Holy Scriptures command and encourage rational behavior, quiet and peaceful behavior, especially in light of its own end-times prophecies.

Consider the book of 1 Thessalonians, a great portion of which is dedicated toward instructing the Christian on what he/she may or may not expect regarding end-times events and how to act toward disbelievers in light of such knowledge. There one reads,

… aspire to live quietly, … as we instructed you (1 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV)

The word quietly in that context and verse incorporates the idea of being rational, subdued, and not causing a disturbance of any kind.

Furthermore, consider 1 Timothy. One may read these words in that book,

[pray]… for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
(1 Timothy 2:2 ESV)

Very clearly, rebellion against authority and rash behavior regarding the end of the world is not the way of the biblical Christian. A peaceful and quiet life is in keeping with godliness and dignity. And, that gives the best reflection of our trust in God to those who do not yet believe.

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