2 Timothy 3 says before Jesus returns there will be terrible times when people are lovers of themselves and of money. And greed is what many analysts, Christians and non, believe is the reason for our economic problems today. And while you'd have to be living under a rock or in a cave somewhere not to see that our planet as Isaiah 51:6 predicted is "growing old like a garment" and that greed is running rampant, I'm not convinced global warming or economic bailouts are the greatest motivating factors Christians should be emphasizing. Why? Because Jesus is more attractive!
Ellen White, one of the founders of the Adventist church, said it this way: "The shortness of time is urged as an incentive for us to seek righteousness and to make Christ our friend. This is not the great motive. It savors of selfishness. Is it necessary that the terrors of the day of God be held before us to compel us through fear to right action? This ought not to be. Jesus is attractive" [Review and Herald, August 2, 1881 paragraph 6].
Aren't you glad Jesus is full of love, mercy, and compassion? That He proposes to be our friend? That He promises to walk with us through all the rough pathways of life? Isn't He attractive enough?