By John Pierce
Talking heads fuss about how the U.S. should or should not respond to Putin’s bullying.
Unannounced political candidates announce how they would handle the situation far better than current political leaders.
And modern-day profits…, excuse me, prophets, point to these sure signs that the world is coming to an end, again. It didn’t take long for them to jump to the forefront, again.
Bearlike TV preacher John Hagee drones on about the Russian Bear. A publicist offers to connect me with a theologian and religious radio host whose new book “delves into the Book of Revelation,” in light of this crisis.
The tension between Russia and its neighbor raises legitimate concern. It also raises up those who always seek to exploit gullible believers with their esoteric, end-times theories.
Predictions about the end of the world don’t interest me, but there are other topics of interest coming my way each day. One publicist is pushing “uplifting temporary tattoos” that allow believers to “arm themselves with the Word of God.” (Now, that’s punny.)
Let us take the political conflict in the Ukraine and other places seriously.
Let us take seriously those clear, hard things Jesus told us to be and do.
But let us be seriously skeptical of those who come on the scene at such times trying to sell us something that Jesus said no one, not even himself, knows.