Rapture Now, The Sequel

Perhaps you’ve heard. Harold Camping is now saying the Rapture will happen in October.

If you missed last Saturday’s Rapture, don’t worry; the next one promises to be very similar. No one will be taken up, but more false teaching will be taken down.

I’m still trying to understand these believers who are so fixated on the Rapture. How did they get like this? What desire so colored their objectivity that they could ignore Scripture and believe Camping’s teaching?

Did they sing I’ll Fly Away one too many times growing up and now can’t get the tune out of their head? Or did they read a Left Behind book and now every time they see an attractive cloud start fantasizing about hooking up with it? Or maybe they are frustrated acrobat wannabees who see the Rapture as the ultimate circus gig sans the net?

Or maybe, secretly, deep down in places no one wants to talk about, they want to see the world judged so they don’t have to engage and transform it. It’s just easier to be indifferent and fly away.

But God so loved the world that He sent His only Son … (John 3:16).  And one of Jesus’ last earthly prayers to the Father for His followers was “I do not ask You to take them out of the world . . .As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world?” (John 17:15,18).

If Jesus prayed that God not take His followers out of the world why are His followers now asking God to do the opposite?

If Jesus sent His followers into the world, why are His followers now obsessed with getting off the planet?

For those who have been so quick to give answers about the imminence of the Rapture, maybe it’s time to start asking some questions. GS.