Kierkegaard, the great Danish philosopher, wrote a parable about the state of mankind at end of time. He likened it to a theatre where a long variety show is taking place, and the audience applauds each amazing act. Then suddenly near the end of the show the theatre catches on fire, and the manager comes and tells the audience that they must leave in an orderly fashion. But the audience thinks the warning is just part of the act and so they just keep on cheering thunderously as the fire races through the building and consumes the “fun-loving” audience with it.
We live in a “fun-loving” world that one day soon will be judged with fire as part of what we know as “the day of the LORD.” But as Peter will tell us in today’s text, most people scoff at the idea of judgment, because of the delay of the day of the Lord. They believe that time will just go on just as it has always. But “not so” says the word of God.