Maybe there are some reasons out there I don’t know about, but here’s my take as to why the media played up Harold Camping’s prediction that the world would end May 21.

  1. It made a great diversion from President Obama’s failures. They just keep piling up, the latest one being the shellacking he took from the Israeli prime minister. He is so embarrassing, that the media is doing its best to pretend all is hunky-dory in the Lala-Land otherwise know as the White House.
  2. It made a great target to bash Christianity. Mr. Camping came across as absolutely certain, specific as to day and even the hour. This was going to be a piece of cake to ridicule and, by implication, the whole Christian system.
  3. Ratings is always a consideration. News departments are not the objective spots on television, nor are newspapers the paragons of dispassionate recorders of events. They smelled a story that would get people’s attention.

American media, main-stream, is nothing if not political and liberal, biased to the core. Mr. Camping deserves the vengeance of his followers and the disdain of viewers in general. That doesn’t mean, however, that the message of coming judgment is not valid and urgent.

The earthquake and tsunami gave no warning to Japan. Accidents happen without possibility of preparation. Thieves break in and steal when we least expect it.

Life is full of surprises, and unpleasant ones at that.

The End will also surprise many, but it needn’t be so.

34 “But be on your guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day close down upon you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will overtake all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 But stay alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that must happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:34-36, NET

Here are three reasons, within the text and larger context of Luke 21, why it’s important to “be on your guard.” Continue reading