Sunday Sermon: Apocalypse, wow!

Apparently the BP oil spill is the latest big tizzy for the “rapture ready” crowd, at least according to Newsweek:

“Now blogs on the Christian fringe are abuzz with possibility that the oil spill is the realization of Revelation 8:8–11. “The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea became blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed … A third of the waters became wormwood, and many died from the water, because it was made bitter.””

There’s one reason the apocalyptic anticipation might be more muted than usual (and in fairness, some Christians are using it as an opportunity to reflect on our oil addiction). The article notes the interesting problem that the Apocalypse is supposed to be a judgment for sin, and the sins in this case are mostly due to rampant capitalism and Bush-era oil policies.

But regardless of the details, there’s something seriously creepy about people getting all giddy over the end of the world. I remember a similar phenomenon after 9/11, and it creeped me out then too (along with a whole lot of other stuff — that was a creepy time in all sorts of ways).

And it’s pretty ironic for those folks to denounce Muslim suicide bombers as a “culture of death” when their own worldview involves seeing a massive world-ending holocaust as something to look forward to.

(pic via Political Humor)

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One response to this post.

  1. Hello,

    You mentioned that it would be “creepy about people getting all giddy over the end of the world.” I agree. That *would* be creepy. But it’s not a giddiness you are incorrectly suspecting. It is tension, fear, grief, and awe. Yes, awe. No Christian I know wants to see anyone die. None I know want to see this world become unalterably polluted, collapsed, parched, and stricken. Many of us are in awe of the prophesies that were given thousands of years ago and we see them coming true now, so we are awe-struck at God’s high holiness. and the truth of the bible.

    You commented, “And it’s pretty ironic for those folks to denounce Muslim suicide bombers as a “culture of death” when their own worldview involves seeing a massive world-ending holocaust as something to look forward to.” Again, if that was a correct statement, it would be ‘pretty ironic.’ The difference is, we many Christians are decidedly NOT looking forward to the end of the world. You know, we work alongside you. We get laid off too. We live along the oil-stained Gulf. We are on bridges that collapse and we live where there is famine and earthquakes. No one looks forward to those things. But we ARE looking forward to what it MEANS. And it means Jesus is coming. We will be with Him, away from panic and fear and where there is eternal joy and perfection. I think it would be ‘pretty ironic’ NOT to look forward to those things. And you can come too. It is not a closed meeting, you know…:)

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