A message to the followers of Harold Camping (and everyone else, too)

Tomorrow morning, the followers of Harold Camping will face a crisis of faith none of us can even begin to imagine. Demand answers of the man all you want, but think twice before you mock those who followed him. Their hearts are going to be heavy and their beliefs all but shattered. Remember that they’ve been told with absolute and utter certainty for years that dad was coming home today and despite the unbending certitude of the radio preacher, he didn’t show.

I’m guilty of engaging in mockery and if you’re reading this and you gave everything you had in an effort to tell the world that Jesus was coming back today, know that I am truly sorry. I’m sorry for making light of your pain and knowing full well your right to choose not to do so, all I can ask is that you forgive me. You’ve shared your beliefs with more courage and bravery than many Christians will display in a lifetime. That should give us all pause.

Know that I’m also sorry for where you are right now. It isn’t fair and I know the Lord takes no pleasure in it. All I can say is to not give up hope. God is still good and, even though I know this isn’t what you’re going to want to hear right now, yes, He will come. In his own time.

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