It's not like we use Mayan literature and Mayan customs and Mayan traditions to guide our lives in 21st century America (or the world, for that matter.)
And yet when it comes to December 21st 2012, over 6 million Americans believe the end of the world is at hand.
Beause the Mayans said so... or at least because someone who interpreted the final day of the Mayan calendar said so.
Not a whole lot of intellectual and logical (or even theological) thought seems to support the frenzy surrounding tomorrow.
"Watching busloads of white-haired pensioners and dreadlocked backpackers pile into their heartland, Maya old and young roll their eyes at the suggestion the world will end.
"We don't believe it," said Socorro Poot, 41, a housewife and mother of three in Holca, a village about 25 miles (40 km) from Chichen Itza. "Nobody knows the day and the hour. Only God knows.""
How right she is.
How searching we as human beings are.
Searching to avoid fear and pain? Yeah.
But also searching for meaning in life and ... in death.
When the sun goes down at the end of the day on the 21st and we are are alive - looking forward to the 22nd of December and (especially) the 25th of this same month - may we realize what this Mayan mother said: Only God knows.
For there WILL be an end of the world for each of us - one day at a time. And THAT day is the day in which we can, if we choose to, have absolute confidence regarding the Lord's acceptance of us.
Jesus Christ split time, came to this earth and died to pay the sins of each man and woman. He paid the bail for the eventual death penalty sentence.
And all we have to do is accept it and say "Thank you, Lord Jesus."
More of the Reuters article here.