It’s hard to convince people of anything it seems. Where do you go to find common ground? What is something we can all say, “yes, that’s true,” with no disagreements or conflict?

So if they say to you, ‘Behold, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or, ‘Behold, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe them. For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Matthew 24:26-27

For Christians, one of the universal truths we can count on is the absolute obviousness of Jesus’ arrival in the future. When he returns, it won’t be a secret revealed to a select few, it will be known to everyone, all at once. So if someone whispers about a secret “rapture” (not a Biblical concept) or shouts about a return of the Messiah (an obvious fabrication), rest assured that Jesus won’t leave anyone in the dark when he does come back.

In the meantime, our job is to find the common ground with people and show them the perspective we have as God’s people.

Ethan Kirl