“How about becoming a clairvoyant?” The man shuffled with some papers and let out a sigh. He was getting tired of finding me a job. I had been sitting in front of him for half an hour and we had looked at job offers. But there was nothing. Granted, finding a job for an old missionary who has been on the mission field for most of his life is a daunting task for any man, but when he started to talk about being a clairvoyant I wasn’t sure if I heard him correctly.
He started to tap his fingers on his desk.
“I said you could become a clairvoyant. You know, you play around with a crystal ball, read the Tarot cards. Communicate with the dead. Stuff like that.”
I looked at him wide-eyed and shook my head. “I don’t understand.”
It was getting late. The job office clerk clearly wanted to go home and had already drunk far more coffee than was good for him. He was not in the mood to argue with me.
I had asked him if there were no job openings as a helper in an old folk’s home, or maybe a Christian counsellor.
“No way,” he said while he pressed his lips. “Christian counselling isn’t really a bona fide job.” He thought for awhile and mumbled to himself, “Besides, who would need it. We tolerate God, but don’t really need him.”
“Nothing; I was just talking to myself.”
Then his eyes lit up. He thought he had the answer. This is when he offered me the suggestion of learning to read the crystal ball.
I narrowed my eyes and cleared my throat.
“I really don’t understand. Christian counselling is out of the question, but there are job openings in the occult?”
“The occult is not a good word,” he fired back with a nervous grin. “That makes it sound rather mystical and a bit negative. We are talking about the real stuff here. The Government is willing to pay for a certificate that will turn you into a trustworthy hypnotist. You claim to be a Christian and that you want to help people, right? Well, here’s your chance to really do something worthwhile.”
“Let me get this straight. The Government is willing to pay for an education in witchcraft. How much does that cost?”
“I did not call it witchcraft.” His nostrils flared. “It’s a science. And a course plus certificate costs 1200 Dollars.”
“1200 Dollars and the Government will pay?”
“Yep, you got it. That way you can find a good job in the industry.”
He smiled. He was probably relieved that he could go home now since I was starting to see the light.
“Will this Government sponsored course possibly help me to use the Ouija Board as well,” I asked.
“Hmmm,” he frowned. “I am not sure. Probably will. You want me to make a phone call and ask?”
“That won’t be necessary,” I answered as I got up. “But thanks for your time. I have trusted God all my life to supply my needs and I suppose I will keep on trusting him a little longer.”
The man stared at me. “B-But it’s a good course. There is a lot of money to be made in talking to the departed loved ones and the Government pays for it…What else do you want?”
“I want to get out of here. Good day to you.”
I just managed to not slam the door as I stepped out of the office.
Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus. Come quickly.
You think this is a funny story? Maybe and although the above is fiction, it nevertheless has become a reality. The Dutch Government just accepted a new law to sponsor people without a job to become certified crystal ball readers and hypnotists. The signs of the times are clear and all seem to point to the perilous times of the end of which Jesus spoke in Matthew 24.
We are now living in a time in which all things are accepted, all things become lawful and everything should be permitted in the name of personal freedom. All things, except faith in that tiny mustard seed of the Kingdom of God, the seed that looks so small, insignificant and worthless. Jesus said: The kingdom of heaven is like unto a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. (Matthew 13:31-32)