Wednesday, May 25, 2011

It's the end of the world and we know it..... So how do you feel?

It's the end of the world as we know it.... Michael Stipe was a bit ahead of his time with the '80's hit....
Six o'clock - TV hour. Don't get caught in foreign towers.
Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself churn.
Locking in, uniforming, book burning, blood letting.
Every motive escalate. Automotive incinerate.
Light a candle, light a votive. Step down, step down.
Watch your heel crush, crushed. Uh-oh, this means no fear cavalier.
Renegade steer clear! A tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies.
Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives and I decline.
It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

So the end didn't come like the billboards said it would, I can't say I'm not surprised. And I know what some are saying, see there goes those crazy Christians again. I think that even in many of the staunch atheist circles, this is recognized as loopy.
The question that is raised through all of this is kind of interesting however. If we look at this situation from a sociological experiment perspective, we have to ask what does the world think of the idea that the Rapture may one day take place? It would seem that many don't care or hold it with loose conviction. Another question would be, are the quips out there pointed at Harold Camping and his idea or at the general thought of the rapture itself? 
So I pose this question:

Do you believe that the Rapture is real? 

And a follow up, 
Do you think it will happen in your lifetime?

Now this perspective brings another idea into mind, while the Bible does say that we may not know exactly when it will take place, it could happen soon. Knowing the way God works sometimes, it would be just like Him to send the rapture sooner than later. Just to spite those naysayers who are laughing. Hear me out I'm not saying God is spiteful, he just has a sense of humor that is not to be trifled with, just look at the duckbill platypus. 
With such thoughts of end times in mind, we really need to seriously think on the condition of our hearts. It may be illogical to try to think you can figure out the time through numerology or timelines but we do know that the Bible says be prepared both in season and out, for it will happen when we don't expect it. So I encourage the dialog to change from when will the rapture happen to a more introspective thought line of if it really did happen next week or next month or in a year from now will I be ready and if not, what can I do to change my life?