I feel all the emotions mentioned in the nudge and more. I feel irritation at much of the press as they broad-stroked their coverage of the hyped-up nonevent. Between Mr. Camping and the press Christians who believe the biblical doctrine of the literal return of Christ have been made to look like buffoons. Mr. Camping crying wolf only desensitizes people to the seriousness of this future event. On that great day we will all be called to give an account for the way we have lived. It will be the tragedy of tragedies for many.
I feel shame. While Harold Camping makes his fevered pitch for a completely erroneous timetable and end time scenario I have not made even a modest pitch to nearly as many as I could have for the truth of the gospel.
I feel humor is one way to correct some of the problems. I heard the following on the radio, Monday. On New Life Live, Steve Arterburn said don’t try to console Mr. Camping by saying, “Hey Harold, don’t worry, it’s going to be o.k., it’s not the end of the world!” Humor can be a conversation starter that helps us to explore truths with folks.
And that’s the way I feel on May 26th, 2011.