Can’t Recycle, Gotta Pray
A popular sentiment among Christians today is that the Rapture is going to occur soon. The Rapture, for those few of you who might not know is basically the return of the undead Christ and his war with the fallen Angel Lucifer and the humans who have “sided” with him. During the Rapture, all the True Christians™ will be bodily lifted to Heaven to meet all their dead goldfish and grandparents.
Because many Christians believe Christ is coming within their lifetime, a “slash and burn” mentality has taken root. “Why waste time trying to preserve the environment? Christ is coming soon, he’ll fix it!” I’ve heard many Christians make statements similar to that. Why do they think Yeshua will be making his second (third if you ask Mormons) appearance soon?
“I believe that we have arrived at the “two-minute warning” on God’s clock. Unlike the players in a professional football game, we do not know how much time we have left. What we do with the time remaining will make all the difference in the world…and in eternity. It is vital we live every day for Him.”
That was John Hagee, one of the most prominent talking heads of evangelical Christianity of our time. People like him are why gun sales are sky rocketing over the election of President-elect Obama. They purport to have special knowledge straight from Yahweh that his son (actually himself) will be returning to Earth soon, to kick-off this super-war with Lucifer.
But this isn’t the first time Christians have thought the Second Coming was eminent. There was also 1745, 1844, 1914, 1930, 1975 and 1999 just to name a few dates. Even Isaac Newton threw his hat in the Armageddon ring when he “deduced” that Yeshua would return in 2060. Apart from Prof. Newton’s prediction, all of these other dates have come to pass and no Armageddon to be found. Your prophets suck at prophecy.
Maybe Christians should worry less about the return date of their god and actually try to keep this planet in working condition. Renewable resources, recycling, replanting logged areas, not coaxing Arab nations into wars with Israel, any of that stuff sound familiar? If Hagee is wrong, and you’ve strip mined the Earth, your children will be left to pick up your mess. It might be too late by then.
I had a conversation with a fundie coworker about the bee population drop-off. He said he puts his trust in the “big guy upstairs” to take care of everything for him.
Your own bible states that we are the stewards of the Earth. In that line of thought, if we fuck it up, Yahweh will let you deal with your own mess, he’s not making the bees come back.