I would like to post the movie “Thief in the Night” on here but it is copyright protected, so go over to You Tube and watch this 1972 Christian classic.
In 1972 I was only 11 years old. We went to a very small church and our youth group consisted of me and another kid that sometimes showed up and sometimes didn’t. Our youth group was invited to a larger sister church to watch “A Thief in the Night”. Although it’s faith-based fact, the story was the writer’s interpretation of Scripture. I didn’t accept Christ after seeing this. I didn’t accept Christ into my heart and life until my 13th birthday. I was too young to watch this, but it got the wheels turning in my mind. At age 11, I still thought that if I was thinking about Christ coming back, He wouldn’t. I took that scripture literally that talks about “When ye think not” – so I tried to think about it all the time so He wouldn’t come back – I knew I wasn’t ready yet.
Now, I’m not going to get into pre-tribulation, post-tribulation. I subscribe to the theory that God knows and when He decides the time is right, that’s okay by me! This movie was made in 1972 so obviously we’ve been given 40 years to spread the Good News of Christ Jesus to the world. My point is that the motivation which led to salvation for thousands of teenagers during the showing of that movie was not love, but fear.
I didn’t want to meet Christ with a heart full of fear. I came to Christ at age 13 because I saw the suffering of my Lord and knew that He went through all that – just for me. I obviously did not understand everything, but I knew that I needed Christ in my life so I could live the best life I could. When you are motivated to be saved because of love instead of fear, there is a completely different attitude in your daily walk. You are relaxed in the LOVE of Christ instead of looking over your shoulder every few seconds to see if God might be mad at you for something. If you come to Christ in fear, your relationship with Him will be fear-based, not faith-based.
The writers and producers of “A Thief In the Night” were doing what they thought was best – and yes, hundreds of teenagers went forward because they did not want to be “left behind”. I’m not questioning that they got saved, but I pray that they came to the knowledge that Christ loves them and they don’t have to fear the future or fear the wrath of God. I hope they went on to learn about the LOVE of God through His Son, Jesus.
I wish I had been older like the other kids in youth group. They threw me in with the older kids because, well – there wasn’t anyone else in my age group. For most activities that worked out, but I should not have been allowed to see “A Thief in the Night”. If I could make one suggestion to a non-Christian, it would be: watch PASSION OF THE CHRIST. Oh, there are subtitles so make sure you wear your glasses. I saw it at the movie theater – nobody told me I’d have to read and I walked into the theater without my glasses. When I bought the DVD I finally got to experience the entire movie and it’s beyond amazing. How can anyone reject the LOVE of Christ?
There is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun, that’s for sure. I hope we all come to realize that we need to be serving the Lord because of His marvelous LOVE for us and not because we fear being eternally separated from Him.
May God’s love and peace be with you. ❤