In Fraser’s new book, Kingdom Horizon, he dissects all the common voices shouting doom and gloom about the earth and its future, and provides instead a Biblically-backed perspective of hope. While a hopeful view of the future supplies freedom to continue investing in our lives, Fraser lays out what happens when we believe the opposite about our future. When we allow ourselves to fall into the doom and despair paradigm, we lose God’s heart for the world around us and begin to act out of fear rather than love. Here are seven effects of that Paradigm.
1. Short Term View
If the world is ending, why educate our children, build businesses, innovate, or influence our nations?
2. Lack of Investment
Jesus spoke two parables specifically to instruct us what to do prior to His return: the Parable of the Talents (Matt. 25:14- 30) and the Parable of the Minas (Luke 19:11- 27). He told them, “do business until I come” (Luke 19: 13). The message was clear: before the second coming, our main focus is to live productive lives. However, Jesus spoke of one servant who was afraid and hid his talent in the last day. When his Lord returned home he rewarded the fruitful servants, but cast the fearful servant away from Him. This is the product of a pessimistic paradigm.
3. Disconnection from Stewardship
If we believe the earth is fated to destruction, and darkness is ordained to consume the planet, then we focus on our exodus from earth, rather than redemption of it.
4. Eagerness for Decline
Seeing the world as our enemy rather than our beloved mission, and its demise as a sign of God’s righteous judgment and imminent return, we can even find ourselves grimly satisfied by disasters and calamities that “prove us right.” This is tragic beyond measure. It should never, ever be. We are to be the light of the world, not its undertakers.
5. Agreement with Darkness
Rather than pray for our nations, we pray against them. Because we believe demise is inevitable, and even warranted, we do nothing to stop it. We allow the enemy to plunder our house, though we have the power and authority to resist it. Our pessimism is actually negative faith – the things we fear come upon us. Rather than fighting evil, we prophesy on behalf of it.
6. Financial Irresponsibility
Many have sold successful businesses and adopted flawed business strategies in trying to avoid economic calamities. Others have made nonsensical decisions such as investing in the Iraqi Dinar based on wild promises of wealth. Others have lost fortunes investing in gold and silver, or trying to profit from stock market crashes (even though the stock market grows the majority of the time). While the world is busy producing wealth, a doomsday paradigm is a ticket to poverty.
7. Constant Gloom
Humans are not wired to live under despair. Studies show that a negative outlook even affects our health. It sentences us to misery and hopelessness. It’s no way to live.
The Kingdom Paradigm
Jesus had a very different vision for our role. He called His people the light of the world, “a city set on a hill ” ( Matt. 5:14). He wanted us to engage the world not look for its demise. We must be constructive, not destructive; proactive, not negligent. Have children! Start building! Don’t look for a stock market crash, launch the next great enterprise.