So the rapture didn’t happen, we all now have a reason to feel superior to Mr. Camping. He said a stupid thing and he now has approximately 100 million people mocking him. I for one will not mock him. He said something that is clearly contrary to the biblical text and yes that was wrong. But as Christians we should feel a great deal of shame for our behavior towards him.
Mr. Camping – and you could argue God – gave us a great opportunity to share our hope in the second coming of Christ. We could have done it with love and compassion and a bit of humility. This was a great worldwide opportunity to share the hope that is the central tenant of Christianity, but instead we chose to move towards cynicism and mockery. After all there’s no reason yesterday couldn’t have been the end – even fools get lucky once.
Not to be too melodramatic, but I suspect Mr. Camping is having a crisis of faith now. The last thing he needs is millions of Christians mocking him and acting incredibly unChristian towards him. Let us pray for him and his followers as well as for us that we might take the opportunity to share the hope of Christ the next time an opportunity this big is placed in our laps.