Posts Tagged ‘Apocalypse’

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)

Sunday Sermon: Goin’ to the chapel

Sorry, no time for a proper Sunday Sermon — I’m off to a friend’s wedding today (the aforementioned “chapel,” which happens to be at a state-sponsored university; ponder that for a sec), and I have a job interview (!) tomorrow, so I don’t have time (or, perhaps, inclination) to work myself into a righteous frenzy right now.

But maybe a Sunday Sermon will occur to you if you read this Newsweek article about the BP spill inspiring a new bout of “end times” fear/enthusiasm among some wacky Christians.  It reminds me a little of Christians who concern-troll over the lake of fire or whatever that will await you if you die unsaved. They claim to be worried about what will happen to you, but it seems like they can’t quite keep the gloating excitement out of their voice.

(chapel pic via Panoramio)