It is certainly tragic that Harold Camping is making Bible believing Christians a laughing stock before our increasingly cynical culture. My son called me today to say, "Hey, I guess I'll be seeing you tomorrow." Of course I got a good laugh out of it, but in more sober thought I realized how I should be more upset than I seem to be. I think it would be wonderful if Jesus did come tomorrow, because I belong to Him and He belongs to me. That always makes tomorrow a good day. If He returns, then it would be the best day ever.
Then I was reminded by an article in World Magazine just how hard it is going to be for those who have spent themselves and their substance because they followed Mr. Camping's directions. If they are real believers in Jesus, they will recover (and we church going believers ought to hold out a hand to them). If they only have a temporary faith, then a whole new host of cynical folks will be hurt beyond repair.
Then it occurred to me that we have been thinking about the return of Christ a lot more than we usually do, just because of Harold Camping's crusade of publicity. For me, personally, that has been a blessing! Yes it has. I found out in the past few days just how pleasant it is to think about Jesus coming again. I was just wondering how He can deal with all the people of the world in a personal, one-on-one manner, as the Bible seems to teach. From there I said, of course He is God, and God can do this without a problem. We will not be waiting in an enormous line for our turn. The experience will no doubt be one-on-one, personal, with every person who has ever lived at the same instant. It simply has to be like that, if you think about it. And that is what I have been doing lately--thinking about it. I'll be able to look into His face and thank Him for loving me, and giving His life for me, and it will be intimate and personal, but millions of others will be having the same experience at the same moment it time. Time!! Did I say "time"? You see how difficult it is to think about these things. Time will be no more. I am actually getting a bit excited and even wishing Camping were right.
Yes, for me personally, Camping's heresy has been a blessing! It's always a blessing to think about Jesus, and His coming again.
Let's remember to pray for, and reach out to those who have been bitterly disappointed.