Be sure to read the May 18th update below…
They’re nice looking ads. Buying space on the bus benches in Colorado Springs probably doesn’t come cheap, either. (Try $1,200 for the period from now through October.) Especially for a 31-year old woman who is unemployed. The theme is “Save the Date.” (It’s a Saturday, if you’ve got plans…)
Left Behind co-author Jerry Jenkins is happy the discussion is happening, but calls it “folly” to choose a date, since Jesus himself knew “neither the day nor the hour.” (Though we are instructed to know “the times and the seasons.”)
What do you do with people who are willing to spend their own money for something they believe in so passionately? The woman in the story compares herself to Noah, who was derided by his contemporaries when he began to build an ark. What do you do when there probably will be some positive spin-offs in individual lives, as people contemplate the return of Christ or discuss it with friends?
But then, on the other hand, what do you do with the negative publicity in the [most probable] event that life continues as normal into the day the follows?
For all the lessons we’ve learned from date-setters — the book 88 Reasons Why Jesus is Returning in 1988 comes to mind — why do people keep doing this?
With files from the Colorado Springs Gazette.
May 18th update...
Okay, so over 100 people showed up here today. For this blog, that’s a lot of traffic. So what if it’s true? What if the world as we know it were to end on Saturday?
Better yet, what if you’re standing at the gate of heaven and God (or St. Peter!) is standing there saying, “Why should I let you in?”
If your answer is because you went to church, or lived a good life, or never stole or murdered, or gave money to the poor; then you’ve missed it. That’s “religion,” where standing before God is measured by what you “do.” But the only acceptable answer is that admittance to heaven is based on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Only his blood can satisfy a holy God. In other words it’s not based on “do,” but based on “done.” It’s been done. You simply have to tell God, through prayer, that you recognize the need for forgiveness for those areas where you missed the mark, or standard, of his holiness, and want to be included, or covered, in what Jesus has already done.
Then you can have the assurance that you don’t have to worry about whatever happens on May 21st…
7:00 PM (EDT), Saturday May 21st: Here’s my take on how the day went!