What If Rover Is Left Behind?

This post will make better sense of you've read the one from Monday. What if Saturday, May 21 really is Judgment Day? After all, it could be, right? What if LaHaye and Jenkins are right and the church gets raptured and all the non-believers get “Left Behind?” Some prophetic (or maybe profit-ic?) genius has come up with the perfect solution to those who worry about their left-behind friends and family. For the bargain price of $14.95, you can pay a website to send emails to your non-believing loved ones after you have been raptured. According to some prophecy experts (see the definition of expert in the earlier post), the post-rapture world will be a time of both great evangelism and great tribulation. So if you are gone and you want your friends and family clued-in to what is going on, then what better way than to send them a post-apocalypric post? How does it work? According to the website

We have set up a system to send documents by the email, to the addresses you provide, 6 days after the "Rapture" of the Church. This occurs when 3 of our 5 team members scattered around the U.S fail to log in over a 3 day period. Another 3 days are given to fail safe any false triggering of the system.

Clever, huh?  Set up your account (250 MB of documents and 62 different email addresses) and you can evangelize after you've vaporized.  (OK, I'm being a wee-bit sarcastic, but I'm having trouble believing this is for real.)

But what about your pets? If you are suddenly raptured, who is going to be there to take care of your pet?  Well, you can contact a company called Eternal Earth-Bound Pets which was founded several years ago to care for pets left behind by the Rapture. For $135, this company promises to come and pick up your pets and take them to their 20-acre compound in New Hampshire and care for them. How are they going to do that for $135? The trip from New Hampshire to Virgina get our little Maltese Bella (Maggie is too old; and Marley, well buddy, you’re on your own) and transport her back to New Hampshire would cost more than $135. So why are these people willing to be left behind and care for pets so cheaply? Because owner and operator Bart Centre (why didn't he call his business “The Centre Center”) doesn’t believe in the rapture. But he is willing to honor his contracts for the 10-year period that they are valid. And he is also willing to take free money from the over-gullible.

Hey, the world could end Saturday. The world will end Saturday for about 153,000 people (that’s how many people in the world die each day according to the Population Reference Bureau's "2010 World Population Data Sheet"). After Jesus assures us that even he doesn’t know when the end will come (Matt 24:26), He tells us, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”(Matt 24:42). The point for Christians is that we are supposed to live each day ready for Jesus to come. Each day we pray, “Maranatha,” “Come, Lord Jesus” (Rev 22:20). Yes, one day Jesus is going to come, blow His whistle and say, “Everybody out of the pool.” But people have been predicting when that day would be from earliest of Christian times. And the one thing that these end-time dates have in common is that they always had a tomorrow… and they always gave unbelievers one more reason not to take Christians seriously. If we really want to be ready for Jesus when he comes, setting up emails and taking care of pets isn’t the way to do it. Jesus says this is the way—

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:34-40)