1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18/ November 6 Sermon/ Left Behind is a Joke

Here we get into the problematic territory of the Rapture, when evangelical preachers are telling us that those of us who are in Christ will be swooped up and others will be left behind, as you see in the drawing above.  Time is the issue.  Must we wait around for a time in the future when some of us get left behind?  I don’t think anybody gets left behind.  Here in 1 Thessalonians, Paul tells us that the dead as well as the living will all be bundled up together, although the dead will rise first.  But we know from Jesus’ parables that the Lord counts every sheep.  And the judgment of those with no hope is not up to us, it’s up to Jesus, a more compassionate judge.  That is to say that the worst of us have only a compassionate judge.  But at some future time?  Why?  We’re all one now, we just don’t all of us know it.  Paul bundles the believers with the doubters in 1 Corinthians, he bundles the men with the women in Galatians, and here he bundles the living and the dead.  I think we’re talking everybody, the Mormon, the Jehovah Witness, the Muslim, the Catholic, the Jew, and the Moonie.  Time has nothing to do with it.  The time of creation has nothing to do with anything.  Creation, resurrection, and rapture are available to us in any given moment.  And only in the present moment.  The future and the past are human constructs.  God only hangs out in the present moment.

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