I have an Aunt and an Uncle, in their mid to late seventies. Both of these individuals are educated, one with an advanced degree and prior to their retirement successful and respected in their chosen field of work. Somewhere along the line though, in the last 5 to 10 years they began preparing for Armageddon.
I have never gotten a clear picture of who or what set them on this course. There have been rumors or speculation amongst my other family members that this was a line of thought they picked up from the pulpit of the Church they attend. I know Jim Bakker (remember him? The Jim and Tammy Show, PTL, Jessica Hahn) sells Armageddon on his “Christian” television show along with solar flashlights, and water purification systems. But back to my Aunt and Uncle, after seventy plus years, kids, grandkids, successful careers why now? Why decide now at the ripe old age of 75 that you need a safe house stocked with survival gear, food, weapons and the like.
I have very fond memories of one of the two. Growing up he was the fun Uncle, he gave me my first beer, sold me my first car, helped me keep said car running and looking good. My take, as a teen, was this guy had a positive and optimistic view of the world. Admittedly I haven’t had much contact with either of them in the last 20 years or so, funerals mostly. But how would people, people who honestly won’t be around that much longer have such a dramatic shift in their view of the world?
The end is near, is it? Our individual end is near, and for me getting closer everyday. What is the difference between living your life as if the world is going to end and living your life knowing that your time on this planet is limited. My first reaction is the difference in how we would treat other people. One of the driving principles of Armageddon is wiping out all the wicked humans on the Earth who will be the source of unrest and evil, and leaving only the righteous. So while you are waiting, planning and preparing do you also judge who the righteous are and who will be the wicked wiped off the face of the earth? Do still have dinner with the wicked, talk to them at the grocery store or do you damn them and distance yourself concerned that God might make a mistake and grab you instead? Maybe its a bolt of lightening I am not sure how it will work.
The end is near, okay maybe, for me its guaranteed. I might have twenty years left, I might just have one day. Knowing this we can either despair about it or lighten up. I am going to lighten up, I hope you will too, I hope we all will.