Saturday, May 21, 2011


   Like many others over the past week or so, I made my share of “Rapture” and End of the World jokes.
   There is something, however, I don’t find to be the least bit funny.
   Supposedly in the name of Christianity, the non-profit organization (Family Radio) promoting May 21st, 2011, as the day of reckoning as well as the man behind the organization  — Harold Camping — raised somewhere along the lines of $117 million to $124 million (depending on reports) to promote the since-debunked arrival of “The Rapture.”
   How many hungry children could this money have fed?
   How many homeless people could this money have sheltered, clothed or fed?
   How many tornado victims in Alabama and other parts of the South could have had their lives bettered and their hopes raised by this money?
   How many children suffering at St. Jude’s could have been aided by this money?
   How many houses could this money have built if given to Habit for Humanity?
   How many food banks across this country could have benefited from even a quarter of this money?
   From Matthew 25: “I tell you truth, whatever you did not do for the least of these, you did not do for me.”