>Rapture Humor (with Mutants) — Could This Be My Last Post Ever?

>OK.  I have been mostly silent about the whole “Jesus Coming on May 21, 2011” stuff that’s been going on.  I believe that Christ will come again at some point but I believe we’re kind of in the dark as to when that’s going to occur.  Many times Christians or sects within Christendom have known the day or year when Jesus was supposedly to return  And each time we’ve been wrong.  And so, my hunch is that that, even with a lot of advertising and free media exposure warning people that tomorrow’s the “big day,” I will probably be around to blog another day…and not because I’ve been “left behind” while all the true believers are taken up into heaven, but because it just didn’t happen.

This is not, in any way, shape or form, meant to imply that “the Rapture” won’t happen tomorrow.  It is only meant to say that I don’t really think it will…although I believe that when it happens the salvation I have in Christ will put me on whatever side He’s on.

So, I try to separate myself from those who believe Christ is coming tomorrow and dismiss them as crazy, Christian folk.  But there’s something about all the “end times” talk that makes me realize that, I’m just not that different from these folks we see on the news or driving around in their “rapture” vans.  Even the Anchorage Daily News had a story on the front page.  That’s the ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS, folks.  There are a lot of similarities between myself and those who have sold everything in preparation for the rapture tomorrow.  We believe a whole lot of the same stuff.  And…I do believe that Christ will come again.  Most of my argument really boils down to timing. 

Yet it’s easier to cave into the rapture humor.  One, it makes me feel good to distance myself from religious crazies out there…making me feel a little less religiously crazy myself.  Two, it diffuses some of the tension this discussion can get into if we REALLY get into it.  Three, it can be pretty funny.

And so, I offer the following “rapture humor” from The Lutheran Satire.  There’s a lot of “meat” here that gets at some of the arguments between dispensationalists and non-dispensationalists.  But there’s a lot of humor here too.

It’s VERY funny.  It addresses some of the theological/Biblical issues involved.  And it makes me realize how thin the line of division between these two characters is.

Regardless of what tomorrow brings, I cast myself on Christ today.

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>Visual Timeline of Holy Week — Can Print for Church — Very Cool

>This is cool.  I love infographics as a way to help interpret information.  This is a visual timeline of the last week of Jesus’ life, brought to us by the folks at Bible Gateway.com.  It is offered under Creative Commons License and they recommend printing copies of the PDF for your church for Holy Week.  I’m printing it off right now with the hopes that we’ll have small groups looking at it this week.

>When I Became A Christian… By Rachel Held Evans

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This is a quote from her book, Evolving in Monkey Town, and found on her blog.  and I think it’s a beautiful description of some of us who come to faith early and can’t really remember a time when they weren’t trying to follow Jesus:

People sometimes ask me when I became a Christian, and that’s a hard question to answer because I’m pretty sure that by the time I asked Jesus into my heart, he’d already been living there for a while. I was just five years old at the time, a compact little person with pigtails sticking out of my head like corn tassels, and I remember thinking it strange that someone as important as Jesus would need an invitation. Strange now is the fact that before I lost my first tooth or learned to ride a bike or graduated from kindergarten, I committed my life to a man who asked his followers to love their enemies, to give without expecting anything in return, and to face public execution if necessary. It is perhaps an unfair thing to ask of a child, but few who decide to follow Jesus know from the beginning what they’re getting themselves into.