Saturday, May 21, 2011
It's The End Of The World As We Know It, And I (Don't) Feel Fine.
The 66 U.S. station strong, Christian radio network Family Radio is headed by 89-year-old Californian Harold Camping. The network has been spreading his message of the approaching doomsday, as in today doomsday, as in May 21st, 2011 doomsday. Sigh....
According to Reuters "[Camping] had said doomsday would begin in Asia, but with midnight local time come and gone in Tokyo and Beijing and those cities already in the early hours of May 22, there was no indication of an apocalypse.
Family Radio officials, with the help of supporters, had posted over 2,000 billboards around the country warning of a May 21 Judgment Day.
Retired Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker Robert Fitzpatrick, 60, said he spent more than $140,000 of his savings on subway posters and bus shelter advertisements warning of the May 21 Judgment Day.
"God's people are commanded to sound the warning, to sound the trumpet so to speak so people know," Fitzpatrick said of his advertising blitz.
You know, I don't even want to weigh in on this....but it's really getting to me.
Dear Mr. Camping and every other doomsday prophet, prophetess, and armchair eschatologist. STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You inoculate against the imminence of Christ's return. You disembowel the sense of urgency that should pervade our every day lives. Stop it. Seriously. This is the very reason why the scripture says no one will know the hour of Christ's return but the Father. And once again the Word of God is trivialized, marginalized and ridiculed because His "mouth pieces" do not pay attention to what He's already said.
And if it's just too much time and money on your hands....there are 27 million people enslaved today, millions of children trapped in sexual slavery and horrific forced labor. Take to the airwaves man and be a voice for the voiceless victims. Geez. I don't mean to be so hard on you Mr. Camping, I am sure you had your reasons, I mean we all long for His return, but redeem the time while there is still time. Be His hands and feet. Love recklessly, give with ridiculous generosity, and rescue those perishing with urgency.
In other words, until that day, live like there's no tomorrow. Your actions will speak louder than your predictions. Your humble service will herald His return...and maybe even make a few people long for it. May even speed the day.