Missing the Point

I always find it interesting when groups of Christian believers get together and determine when “the rapture” will take place. Lately, a new group proclaiming May 21,2011 as “the day” has been getting some attention. I’ll give them their props…they have some effective PR. Billboards…bus stop benches…even a Subaru (keep Lafayette driving!)!

But, ultimately, all of this kind of saddens me because it’s just another case in which people have missed the point. I don’t think Jesus goal in coming to teach people how to truly live had anything to do with people trying to figure out when He would return. I believe His goal was more about faithful living, not end times scare tactics…but I could be wrong.

The verse on the side of the Subaru is Acts 17:31, which reads, “For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”

Okay, so God has set a day. The problem I see is the idea that we can somehow calculate that date. I mean, let’s be honest, many of these calculated dates have come and gone over the years.

In my mind, if May 21, 2011 happens to be “the day” it will simply be a bizarre coincidence.

It just misses the point. In Matthew 24, Jesus (the Dude who will be the One to return on “the day”) talks about the end times. He talks about not letting anyone deceive you (like people who tell you to “save the date”). He talks about what things could be like.

Then he clearly states in verse 36, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, not the Son, but only the Father.” So, according to the “we can know” folks…I guess that only God and Harold Camping can know the day and the hour.

Jesus, again…the Main Dude in this story, states in verse 42, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” Pretty clear.

You know, the truth is, we all miss the point at times. We all can be tempted to focus on things that are non-essential and ignore the essential.

Maybe the “save the date” campaign will inspire some people to deepen their faith. But, what will the impact be if the day comes and goes and Jesus doesn’t return? How will that impact the faith of those saving the date?

So, what are you doing on May 21, 2011? I’m thinking about throwing a big party…and we’ll see who’s left behind! It will be awesome!

Check out the Washington Post article HERE.

Check out the We Can Know website HERE.