Earlier today I posted this on Facebook : 4 weeks until I am jobless, move back to Miami, find a new job, 6 weeks to find a place to live… unless that dude in Cali is right… then the point is moot… dundundunnn… I was trying to be funny. In my mind it sounded funny. Some people took me seriously.
The reference to the dude in Cali is about Harold Camping. He’s calculated that tomorrow at 6pm Jesus will return, the rapture will take place. In my cynicism, I got caught up in the snarky jokes. He said the same thing in 1994. And still people believe him. I am confident the world is not ending tomorrow because I study the Word of God and believe it is true. I have to apologize for getting in on the joke because the judgement is no joke.
My heart is sad for the people who have believed Harold Camping. I am sincerely hoping and praying when the hour comes and goes their faith in God won’t be destroyed. My heart is also breaking for some old highschool friends who all day long have been making jokes about us crazy Christians. They are not believers. They have no desire to seek God. They don’t think He’s real. They don’t understand that whether by rapture or simply dropping dead, we will all stand before God and be judged. I hope and pray they will hear the truth and be set free.
The world is ending one day at a time, one person at a time. We joke because we can’t face the end. Better to pretend it’s not true. In the famous words of that great rock duo Sonny and Cher, “the beat goes on.”
On a brighter note,the bit about being jobless in 4 weeks and homeless in 6 weeks is true to be sure. But, what’s even truer would be to say in 4 weeks I will be able to take some time off and find a job. In 6 weeks, if I haven’t found a permanent residence, I’ll basically be on vacation in a motel. I confess I am nervous about not knowing where I will work or live next. But I am so excited to be nervous because I am really trusting God to come through. I’m walking by faith this time.
Have a great weekend!