At 7am this morning I was enjoying the jokes and humour and laughter about the rapture. How silly that a group of people really think the world is going to end today at 6pm and they will be raptured.
I even wrote the previous post "today is judgement day" in a slightly mocking style. Although to be honest I was just jumping on the rapture bandwagon to share a great piece of music.
But now it's 8am and after an hour reading tweets and blogs I am angry and disappointed by the overt mockery. And it's not the general public that I'm referring to, them I excuse. It's those who should know better, who are called by God to care for souls and nurture lives and guide the lost. And they are mocking, and it turns my stomach. I respect and admire these people and perhaps that's why I feel so strongly; I'm disappointed that this is their response.
And to make it worse this is all on the week that the Gospel in the lectionary is "I am the way, the truth and the life" in John 14. This passage speaks to me about love of all, about the fact that Jesus died for us all, that there is room for us all. It shows the disciples confused and not understanding. If they found it hard then is it any wonder so many of us find it hard to explain our faith now. And how did Jesus help the disciples understand? He loved them and explained and nurtured and illustrated for them; he was there for them.
So we should today follow Jesus' example. We should not mock those who have followed one man who thinks the rapture is today. We should not make jokes at their expense. We should not degrade them through our actions.
We should pray for them, be ready to help them cope after today, love them and help them know that God has their spaces ready for them.
Jesus would not mock, he would love.
So should we!