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6:00 has come and gone, and I'm still here. Since everyone else seems to be still here as well, I'm not as worried as I might otherwise be.....
In case anyone hasn't heard, today (Saturday, May 21) was supposed to be the Rapture. Again. Sadly, many people who bought into this made really bad life decisions. Many had some hopes dashed, and I wonder what the impact will be on their faith.
All of that said, the coverage given to the whole "end times" mania might actually have some positive effects. Hopefully some people who weren't thinking about eternity now are thinking about it.
Scripture says that we don't know the day or the hour of Christ's return. Unfortunately, that seems to translate more often into a sense of distance from that event rather than a sense of urgency. I wonder how my prayers would be different if I really believed that Christ might return in my lifetime? maybe in the next month? Would I be praying as much for physical, material needs? Or would my prayers focus more on preparing spiritually to meet my Lord? Would my prayers for unsaved friends and family find a sense of urgency that they don't have now?
Dave Butts, in his book Prayer and the End of Days, makes a really good argument here. The fact that the church today doesn't focus much on the return of Christ may be dulling our sense of urgency. The early church was mistaken when they believed that Christ would return in their lifetimes - but that thought gave an urgency to their prayers, an urgency to their witnessing and missionary work, that may be missing today.
I'm not about to go sell my house and quit my job. God calls us to be wise and Jesus warns us against those who say, "here he is" or "there he is". But I'm not sad that this non-event occurred. It has reminded me to pray more fervently, more urgently, and with more of a spiritual focus.