Rapture Time

Have you heard the news?

If not, then get your calendars handy.

According to Family Radio, a small but vocal group, Saturday, May 21, is doomsday. The rapture will occur, and the world will never be the same again. Harold Camping, Family Radio's leader, claims that his study of the Bible has enabled him to calculate this exact date.

Contrary to what the media would have us believe, Family Radio is not the only group to claim that they know the time of Christ's return. For years, people have sought to know the unknowable and have taken guesses as to when the apocalypse will occur. Each of these groups tend to overlook one powerful statement from Jesus that is necessary for their mathematical formula: "But about that day and hour, nobody knows--not even the angels in heaven" (Matthew 24:36).

As human beings, we are often uncomfortable with mystery. We prefer certainty to uncertainty. The people involved with Family Radio are no different from anyone else in that they are attracted to the mystery of God, but they have sought to "solve" a mystery that Jesus has told us we won't fully understand.

Some of us are so busy worrying about the future that we don't enjoy the present. Others of us are so consumed with being happy for the present moment that we don't think about the future as often as we should. Jesus was attentive to both and calls us to do the same. Yes, he warned of times that were to come. But that was not the only message that he preached. He told us not to worry about tomorrow for today had enough trouble of its own. As discussed in last week's blog, Jesus calls us to live a balanced life that is attentive to today, tomorrow, and the many days that are to come.

Embrace the mystery of not knowing. Embrace the Christ who calls us to live each day as if it were our last. Embrace today and tomorrow in the knowing that we are God's--no matter the day or the hour.

grace to each of you,
Pastor Darian