“For just like lightning, when it flashes out of one part of the sky, shines to the other part of the sky, so will the Son of Man be in His day” (Luke 17:24).
Like lightning, the return of Christ, the consummation of the age, and the final judgment of God will occur in a flash. Though it cannot be predicted, it is the very thing for which we prepare in our daily lives. Therefore, it is critical to have a biblical understanding of what scripture deems of primary importance; that we might not fall prey to the politicized agendas of others. In the entirety of scripture, there is no scene of the final judgment separated from our works. James wrote that faith without works is dead. Jesus said we shall be known by our fruit; that the sheep and goats will be separated on the basis of our concern for, and ministry to, the “least of these.” Thus, more telling than a confession of faith is a faith in action; more revealing than your partisan vote at the polls is your nonpartisan engagement of the “least of these” at a personal level. There will be no chance for course correction once the lightning flashes on that Day.