Harold Camping’s rapture prediction has come and gone. We’re all still here…including Harold. I don’t know what was in his heart or his mind when he made his determinations. I think his ministry brought in a lot of money. I think that he’s probably a bit too old to care. But what I do know for sure is that’s between him and God.
The prediction caused a flurry of believers and non-believers alike to debate the end of times. Will some be touched and convert as a result? I hope so. Will some turn away from faith as a result believing they’ve been swindled and cheated and duped in the name of religion? Rest assured, some of the broke people will.
Personally, I would like to see some good come from this rapture debate. I certainly believe in God and I’d like to think that, when the rapture does occur, I’d not be one of the ones left in the field. Yet I am not so proud as to say I believe I would be taken and not left behind. Again, that’s up to God.
I do though plan to use this opportunity to plead my case for change: a change in our universal consciousness. A change in the bitterness, the division, the judgment and the hatred that’s become all too apparent in our homes, classrooms, neighborhoods, streets, cities, countries and even in our virtual space.
So my prayer is that the this earthly rapture prediction not leave people with broken spirits and dashed hopes. My prayer is that many begin to make conscious efforts to hold open a door, greet a neighbor, help find a lost dog, make peace with an estranged family member, give more at work, be open minded, stop using words like fag and retard, give a buck to a homeless man without judging what he’ll use it to purchase. And stop closing our hearts to religion stating that it is a ploy to get money or judge religious people as hypocrites. Go to church, a temple, a garden, the beach. Reach out - see what happens. Listen to the prayer of St. Francis and let peace begin with you. Or listen to the Beatles and realize all you need is love or Lady Gaga and rejoice and love yourself today…
Slow down, change perspective, yield, do a good deed and tell no one, give this rapture experience some meaning for the greater good. Start a revolution!