We have heard for years that we were living in the “last days.” That because of world events and the fracturing of the Church, we could expect the rapture at any minute. Now, I do not wish to belittle my brothers and sisters in Christ. But, for at least thirty years I have heard sermons and read books as to why this was true. 84 reasons why Christ will return in 1984 is a good example. It is hard not to wonder why all the fuss? This is what I would ask Michelle Bachmann.
The Huffington Posts reports
In a radio interview last week, Bachmann, the former Minnesota Republican congresswoman, told “End Times” host Jan Markell, “We need to realize how close this clock is getting to the midnight hour.”
“We in our lifetimes potentially could see Jesus Christ returning to earth and the rapture of the church,” Bachmann said. “We see the destruction, but this was a destruction that was foretold.”
My question is simple. Is what she saying a bad thing or a good thing? Does she not want Christ to return? Is she dreading the rapture? I do not wish to argue the finer points of eschatology; we will just work with Michelle’s own assumptions. The first thing that I want to point out is that we as Christians are not to live in fear. Romans 8:15 says
For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”
So, even if Bachmann is right. Even is Obama is hurrying on the rapture; we are not to live fearfully. We are to live in the exultation that we are the sons of God through Christ. I know that sometimes this is easier said than done, but this should be our goal. There is also an error that bothers me the most.
The Huffington Post makes it sound as though Michelle believes the president is going to be blamed for the rapture. That she believes he is in control of its timing.
Later in the interview, Bachmann again tied her rapture prediction to Obama’s foreign policy.
“If you look at the president’s rhetoric, and if you look at his actions, everything he has done has been to cut the legs out of Israel and lift up the agenda of radical Islam,” she said.
But, as usual, the leftist media wishes to shade this as a right-wing nut job view. Michelle never says that Obama is in control of the rapture event. She simply points to Obama as an example our country leaving its Christian heritage. I think, from what I heard, it is safe to assume that Bachmann believes that God is in control of the rapture. And not only that, but there is one thing that Michelle said that I believe is dead on correct.
“Any nation that accepts God and his principles is blessed, and those who push away are cursed. That’s what we’re seeing happen to the United States,” she said. “We will suffer the consequences as a result.”
If you listen to the clip I have provided, you will see that she elaborates a little more. What she says here is crucial. This shows that the whole primus of the Huffington piece is a distorted representation of what Bachmann said. Bachmann, completely separate from the rapture and final judgment, believes that God judges nations in time and history. And she is correct in pointing out that we will face the consequences if we do not repent.
We, not our politicians, need to repent. God judges sinners and we have all had a hand in where our country is today. May our all merciful Savior grant to us a heart to repent.