Thinking Out Loud

February 3, 2020

Autograph Book Theology

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 7:52 am

It’s hard to speak of the “Jesus People” revolution of the 1970s for more than a minute without talking about the music, but there was also a comedy troupe called Isaac Air Freight whose tours and recordings were synonymous with those times.

Their sign-off at the end of each performance was,

See you here, there or in the air.

I guess rapture doctrine wasn’t up for debate as much then. It was the same sentiment also expressed by Southern Gospel songs like “I’ll See You In The Rapture;” or “I’m Going Higher Some Day.”

Another version of the same is still used,

Christians never say ‘Goodbye,’ they just say ‘See you later.’

I want to attribute that to C.S. Lewis, but he receives much attribution for things he never wrote…

…In my pre-teen and early teen years autograph books were a thing. Our Middle School didn’t have yearbooks, so maybe that created the necessity. If the back page of the book hadn’t been used, you could be the one to write

By hook or by crook
I’ll get the last page in your book.

Your friend,
Charlie.

But the one that always got me was,

If in heaven we do not meet
Hand in hand we’ll face the heat.

At that impressionable age, it always confounded me that there were people who — every bit as much as my church friends and I said we were looking forward to the rapture — were looking forward to an eternity in Hell. Certainly Hell was something to be avoided, wasn’t it?

Maybe not for them.

Perhaps now, as then, Heaven is a bit of a bore and Hell is more of a party. Many are the stand-up comedy routines built on the premise that everyone in the audience is hell-bound.

Is that the reason why ‘fire insurance’ evangelistic programs are not highly successful? Set aside the findings that fear is a terrible motivator for producing lasting disciples, is it possible that some people are not only not interested in avoiding Hell, but are actually looking forward to it?



The aforementioned I’m Going Higher song. I had a general idea what I wanted to embed here, but who could resist a group called the Teen-Tones?

If you would prefer a more modern approach to rapture doctrine, there was always this from the 1980s band After the Fire

 

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