Why are many Christians always seeking a sign?
I am always thrown at how easily most Christians are swayed by hype, whether a media outlet or by some farce of a ministry. Are they mere thrill seekers with no roots? Jesus’ words about the end days always strikes me when I see another great “prophet” handing out “personal words” like Halloween candy at a parade.
24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. – Matthew 24:24
These men always remind me of fortune tellers and mentalists, easily reading people’s expressions to get their claim to having insight. Sometimes I wonder if their insight is looking up peoples’ names on social media accounts, and using that information in their so-called words. I’ve seen a few of them reading their so-called words off of their phones. I always find this suspicious.
It’s not that I don’t believe in prophecy, because I do. I believe that God spoke to many people throughout the ages, and used them to bring truth to the darkness. What I find coincidental is these same men and women who I think are charlatans, call men and women of God who are unashamed to speak the hard truth of God “false prophets”. Throughout the Bible, you see where God directs his true prophets to speak only what HE tells them to, and nothing more. He also urges them to not be afraid to speak His message, or they will be held accountable for their disobedience, especially if someone is lost because God’s message wasn’t given to them. That seems to me to denote a great deal of gravity that should be present in a true prophet.
Instead, nowadays we get “prophets” who grin and make people all shivery. In the Bible, most true prophets were hated, and a good portion of them died for speaking out God’s message. King Ahab called Elijah the “troubler of Israel” (1 Kings 18:17). King Ahab also hated Micaiah, because he prophesied “trouble” for Ahab, despite 400 other so-called prophets around him who “prophesied” what he wanted to hear. Jeremiah spoke a different message than the rest of the false prophets of his time, as did Isaiah. They both were eventually killed for speaking what God told them to speak.
Almost always, even in the Bible, the highly religious hated the true voice of God, and His messengers. Jesus called those highly religious people of His day a “wicked and perverse generation” (Matt. 16:4), because they always sought a sign. Jesus even had a very short time of ministry, because His prophetic, truth-telling words stirred up the hatred of the leaders of His day. Why would it be any different for us now than it was for the Son of God?
So, when people are goo-goo-ga-ga over a religious leader who performs miracles, I cringe. There should be no Christian celebrities. There are no true prophets who don’t irk a lot of people because of how God made them– honest and with a passion for justice. As for myself, I hope that I never seek after a miraculous sign. I would love for people to be healed, but I’d rather be moved with compassion as Jesus was. I’d rather not make a spectacle of any of it. Jesus didn’t. He always told them to not tell anyone who healed them. Jesus always did what the Father told Him to do. That’s what I want too. I want to speak His words, and do His work, in His timing– not prophesy or heal on-demand, or for the emotional thrill for the crowds.
“I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.” – Psalms 40:8