since the founding deists created the Declaration of Independence and
the Constitution; some Christians have been working on tweaking the
rules so they can gain more power. It must be the ones unfamiliar with
the passage about the meek inheriting the earth.
recent history, many of our American Christian religious and political
leaders have been openly Revelationist, believing that God's will is
that they should do all in their power to bring about the biblical
Armageddon. Two of the most notable would be Billy Graham
and his acolyte George Bush. In comparison to destroying the entire
planet for the sake of a population the size of Gilbert (though perhaps
with better malls), it makes Jeremiah Wright's little "Goddamn America"
dance seem downright silly.
of course you believe you are one of the chosen, one of the very, very
few to be chosen. If you are one of those elite then everyone else is
expendable, right? In America alone that's something like three hundred
million eight hundred and fifty-six thousands Americans killed, making
their fantasized for 9/09/09 something like 102,285.333 times worse
than the real world 9/11. So many terrifying thoughts shredding the
nerves of poor Christians as they try making their way through 9/09/09
today, which is indeed 666 - if your sense of the whole world is upside
if they're the ones driving when the Rapture hits and their cars wreck
and kill others or even their family. Can lawyers get a hold of the
area code for heaven? What if you get Raptured, but your honey does
not? Can you borrow one of a Muslim martyrs' forty-nine virgins? What
if you get to heaven and the only other family member that gets there
is that one uncle you always hated and he wants to pal around? What
if the rest of your family goes, or that annoyingly overfriendly
Buddhist down the street is actually the good soul that gets Raptured
and it turns out you weren't nearly as holy as you thought?
And don't forget the ever pressing issues of whose going to feed Fido and clean the cat box?
most of all the question that will torment some Christians today is the
thought that has terrified Christians for Millennia: what if the whole
thing's just wrong and you and all you devout ancestors have been duped
and used as tools? As another foretold date comes (and hopefully) goes
unfulfilled, many Christians may have their entire worldview shaken
today and have to face up to a different Revelation: the Copernican
one--that they and their god are not the center of the universe.
Which makes them only about five hundred years behind the times.
Let's pray they hurry and catch up.
--mikel weisser writes from the left coast of AZ.