It’s not the end of the world … but I can see it from here

I heard the saddest story on NPR this weekend. I knew there was a group of folks who have convinced themselves the world is going to end on May 21. But I hadn’t really thought about how foolish some of them might be about it. One couple interviewed on NPR just broke my heart: They have a two-year-old daughter and another child on the way (due in June; I have no clue about the theological ramifications of that).  The wife is a 27-year-old who, before being infected with this insanity, was considering medical school.

Now, they’re living in a rented house in Orlando, passing out tracts and spending down their savings.

Joel says they’re spending the last of their savings. They don’t see a need for one more dollar.

“You know, you think about retirement and stuff like that,” he says. “What’s the point of having some money just sitting there?”

“We budgeted everything so that, on May 21, we won’t have anything left,” Adrienne adds.

All this based on the lunatic rantings of a single man (Harold Camping, above), who’s already been proven wrong once, first predicting the end of the world coming on Sept. 6, 1994. It turns out he had neglected some important clues in Jeremiah.

And Jesus wept.

I don’t know what these people are going to do when they wake up to the real world on May 22, but I hope someone will take good care of their children.

2 Responses to It’s not the end of the world … but I can see it from here

  1. Kristen says:

    I guess they’re lucky we don’t live in the right-wingers’ utopian society, because no one would help them come May 22.

    • Frank says:

      There are still many folks who won’t look to next week, or next year, because they believe the “rapture” will come tomorrow.

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