the daily poke (around the internet) 7-17-19

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The Purging Lutheran can’t spend all my time writing stories about throwing out beat-up shoes and unopened tubes of graphite powder. As my foggy mental breakdown seems to have lightened a bit maybe it is time to broaden my horizon.

Every now and then the internet tosses stuff out there which raises my eyebrows. I like this picture though I’ve no idear where it came from. It suggests it could be from a Christian comic book because of what the fella is saying. If it is meant to be an idealization of the Christian eschatological notion of ‘the rapture’* then it seems to suggest that our cars might be lifted into Heaven with (or without) us.

* 1 Corinthians 15:52 – In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

The rapture is a big deal for a lot of Christians. The book series, Left Behind, is based on it. I’m not sure where I stand on the end of the world. I know the ‘end times’ began when Jesus ascended into the clouds 40 days after Easter. I used to want to be around for the end of the world, mostly before Christ took me into His fold, but would rather it hold off for as long as possible so as many as can be saved for an eternity with Jesus. I have barely suffered for Christ. Millions have been murdered, tortured and persecuted, and shunned by families because of Him. Many more will suffer. Maybe it isn’t my turn yet. Maybe I never will be. Some might say,

Well, your faith isn’t strong enough for the devil to bother with you”.

Who knows? Could be true. I don’t know how to measure someone else’s faith but I believe there are people who claim to be able to measure it. There are just a handful of scriptural verses which are used to justify the rapture. I’m not saying they are not valid, that we ought not take them seriously (as we ought all holy scripture) but one thing my pastor has taught us is God leads us in an indirect way by how often He mentions a particular topic. He focuses a lot on love, money and telling us not to be afraid. These are day-to-day topics we are confronted with. The end of the world will only happen once. Anyhoo, the Christ will return when God decides when so until then

=====> love your God and love your neighbor. <=====

Hebrews 13:18-21

Pray for us. We have no doubts about what we’re doing or why, but it’s hard going and we need your prayers. All we care about is living well before God. Pray that we may be together soon.

May God, who puts all things together,
    makes all things whole,
Who made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus,
    the sacrifice of blood that sealed the eternal covenant,
Who led Jesus, our Great Shepherd,
    up and alive from the dead,
Now put you together, provide you
    with everything you need to please him,
Make us into what gives him most pleasure,
    by means of the sacrifice of Jesus, the Messiah.
All glory to Jesus forever and always!
    Oh, yes, yes, yes.

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