So, we are still here. Are you surprised, disappointed, amused? Angry?
Whenever these types of things happen (and there have been a lot of them thruout history) I am struck not so much by the lunacy and irrationality of the person causing the frenzy, but by the gullability and innocence of the thousands ofpeople that actually believe it. What does it say about our society that so many people, many of them whom we would consider to be “normal”, could be so easily convinced that the end of the world was at hand?
I heard a very powerful message about this on sunday from SBJ. As I stood greeting with him, he shared with me that he had had to deal with a lot of phone calls from worried friends that week. Not people from some other place, but people from my own congregation. It was shocking to me. “Really?”, I asked. “People actually thought this was legit?”. And sadly, the answer was yes. There were many, many people who had real concerns about the end of the world.
Personally, I cant say Ive given the end of the world very much thought. I’m far too concerned with living in the here and now. But I do think that, despite the insanity of the Campings of the world, that they do serve a purpose. They force us to think about things that we normally wouldnt ponder. When we are confronted with our mortality, we are forced to take a look at our lives and reevaluate them. What if, in, fact, it really were the end of the world on saturday? What would we be doing differently? How would our priorities change? Would the things that seem so important to us right now, really be all that important in the end?
When I look at this in that way, Mr. Camping doesnt actually seem that irrelevant after all….