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  • Dale Kuehne

    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

    In this blog I'm highlighting signposts of the world in which we presently reside as a means of helping promote a civil, and meaningful dialogue about what kind of world in which we wish to live. I am particularly interested in exploring how might we reconcile the individual good and the common good, and where reconciliation isn’t possible, which should take precedence and why.

    I also blog at Sharewik.com

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Apocalyptic Wishing

Posted by Dale Kuehne on May 20, 2011

I am currently on a speaking tour of Australia. When I give a lecture overseas on Christianity, Sexuality and Politics, I expect, as an American and as a Christian, to receive some ridicule. I am often asked why Americans are so sexually repressed. That is the question France is asking us this week. It is a difficult question to answer because the America I know is hardly repressed.

But this week, the ridicule has come courtesy of Harold Campion who has announced that the world will end this weekend, though as the following news story intimates, Australia is a good place to be because we will last until Sunday.

I’ve received some criticism this week for making this prediction the object of my blogging scorn.

Lest I only heap scorn, I wish to confess the following.

I believe that time will one day come to an end, and that the Moment of Judgment will confront us all. Because none of us know how many days we have on this earth or when the end will come it is incumbent upon everyone to be prepared. I know there are different ways to interpret the Book of Revelation concerning how events will unfold. I choose not to focus on how and when it will all happen, but focus on the fact that it will. I can’t say that I agree with the theology of the lyric below, but I believe in the sentiment expressed. What I can’t condone is creating a circus atmosphere around the thoroughly unChristian idea that any of us knows when the end will come, and that somehow this is the good news. To make the media foundation for the event “Family Radio” is beyond ridiculous. The apocalypse, whenever it comes, will hardly be family friendly. My prayer is that the end is delayed as long as possible, for the sake of all of us.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/the-end-of-the-world-is-nigh-this-weekend/story-fn6mhct1-1226059022150

Life was filled with guns and war,
And everyone got trampled on the floor,
I wish we’d all been ready
Children died, the days grew cold,
A piece of bread could buy a bag of gold,
I wish we’d all been ready,
There’s no time to change your mind,
The Son has come and you’ve been left behind.

A man and wife asleep in bed,
She hears a noise and turns her head, he’s gone,
I wish we’d all be ready,
Two men walking up a hill,
One disappears and one’s left standing still,
I wish we’d all been ready,
There’s no time to change your mind,
The Son has come and you’ve been left behind.

Life was filled with guns and war,
And everyone got trampled on the floor,
I wish we’d all been ready,
Children died, the days grew cold,
A piece of bread could buy a bag of gold,
I wish we’d all been ready,
There’s no time to change your mind,
How could you have been so blind,
The Father spoke, the demons dined,
The Son has come and you’ve been left behind.


I Wish We’d All Been Ready by Larry Norman from Upon This Rock (1969)

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One Response to “Apocalyptic Wishing”

  1. Campion deserves our ridicule as well as our distaste for his wasteful spending on his own 15+ minutes of fame. Ah… how far indeed that money could have gone to the poor, the widows, the sick, the lonely… Kind of like Jesus advised. I would never celebrate the end of the world. God made it. It’s beautiful. Better we focus on caring for and expressing gratitude for the amazing gift of the Earth.

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