Surely you’ve heard by now that Friday (12.21.12) marks the end of the Mayan calendar and, supposedly, the end of the world. People have been focused on this date for years, fretting, stewing and, of course, making money off it. In 2009, the disaster movie “2012” showed Los Angeles falling into the sea and a gigantic tsunami crashing over the Himalayas. No wonder so many people are nervous.
What nobody seems to realize is that the Mayans never really said what would happen when their calendar ran out. They gave us a 5,125-year cycle called the Long Count, but they didn’t say there would be a gigantic catastrophe or, as some people suggest, that a mystery planet would come out of nowhere and crash into earth.
The other thing nobody seems to realize is that the Mayans…well, they put their pants on one leg at a time, too. Why does everybody seem to think they were smarter than everyone else who has ever lived? Has it ever occurred to you that maybe they just made a lousy calendar? (Question: is it really wise to ascribe uber-intelligence to a civilization that is…wait for it…EXTINCT?)*
I certainly hope this 12.21.12 business is not troubling you. If it is, consider that God is in control and he has said that no man knows the day or the hour when this world will come to an end. Not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Or the Mayans. (Matthew 24:36)
As for me, I have plans for Saturday. I’m watching the “braggin’ rights” college basketball game between Mizzou and Illinois in St. Louis. Number 12 against number 10. It’s going to be fun. Of course, the world could come to an end before tip-off. But if it does, it won’t be because the Mayans somehow unlocked the mind of God. It’ll be because God decided time was up.
And if he does, what I’ll get will be way better than any old basketball game.
*While it is true that descendants of the Mayans are still around today, and that they maintain a distinctive set of traditions, the civilization itself did collapse. No one knows exactly why. Theories include ecological issues (such as drought), overpopulation, foreign invasion, peasant revolt, and disease.