I wonder what profit might the gospel presented by a “left behind theology” deem for the Christian community as a whole.
It says that when the rapture happens all ‘hell’ is going to break loose. You might be thinking what I mean here. Well, it’s easy really. Rapture is when the faithful will be taken up to heaven. They will just disappear and vanish into thin air. So when this happens planes piloted by born again Christians will be pilot-less because he was raptured. So having no pilot the plane will crash. Cars driven by born again Christians will suddenly be empty and just crash into cars driven by those who are not raptured and eventually kill them. I say to this what wonderful theology, what great insights. That Christians would be the ones who are responsible for many deaths because they vanished.
There is also a rousing obsession with how the Antichrist and the number of the beast are interpreted. Those who do not have this number imprinted on them will not be able to buy stuff when the Antichrist comes to power. Now doesn’t this sound too literal in a way someone reads the text? Revelations is understood as a book that is filled with visions and there is a way to read the text carefully.
And with all this being bombarded to the people in the pews, the Church by some amateur (forgive my harsh tone here), it simply breeds a compounding message of doom and gloom. Now, you were talking that Jesus message was about good news…but the bulk of the message of what I hear from this sort of gospel presentation is to scare the wits out of people. Do you think there will be genuine love and devotion instilled in people if this is the message that is given? If scaring the crap out of people is the number one instigator of telling people about God’s plan then you might want to think again about that.
The message would be always to repent of living in a worldly manner and start living life that glorifies Jesus which is always assumed that people know what is meant by this. But the standard designation of this is by way of living in a worldly manner is doing stuff like smoking, gambling, listening to secular music, reading Harry Potter, watching Pokemon, drinking beer and many more that you also are accustomed to. And as for living a life that God is pleased with, reading the bible (even if it was without understanding), going to church (as long as one goes to church), tithing, praying, getting involved in ministry, and all things religiously acquainted to Christianity. Well for me this is such a narrow way of how living life is supposed to be in the way that pleases God. Many thing are left out. Stuff like living in community, loving one another, no segregation of peoples groups in the church, eliminating greed, being responsible stewards of God’s creation, helping the poor, being salt and light to the world and need I say more?
I say a gospel in the vein of “left behind” ideology simply degrades the whole idea of the kingdom of God and what the gospel really is. Ascribing to a “left behind” mentality is simply being professional escapist Christians, rude and irrelevant, with only the care of blasting off to heaven.