Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Sadness of, "He Should Know better"

Is there anyone in the US who hasn't heard of Harold Camping's prediction that the rapture (of his followers) and the beginning of Judgment start today? This is his second try at setting that date, and I expect his record will be unblemished by success. We aren't cancelling our plans for tomorrow.

What is sad, to me, is that Camping should know better! Thirty years ago and more, he was a mainstream Protestant/Evangelical leader of a Christian radio ministry. What happened? I wish I knew! Somewhere along the line his pride and self-importance somehow got the better of him and his understanding of scripture and he got off into supposed direct "revelations", such as his previous prediction of Jesus' return in 1994, or his "revelation" that the church is no more and only his followers are following Jesus. Ironically, 3 or 4 decades ago he would have heaped scorn on such direct special "revelations". Now, he's doing what he scorned, is the butt of jokes by those who reject God and Christianity, and has Christians trying to communicate that Camping is far afield from the Christian mainstream.

I'm just an ordinary Christian whose voice would be easily drowned out by just one of the zillions of billboard ads Camping has all over Silicon Valley and the US. Harold Camping is wa-a-a-a-ay beyond the reach of my voice, maybe beyond that of any purely human voice. Please join me in praying that the Holy Spirit would speak to and be heard by Harold Camping.

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