American culture is filled with a sense of urgency. We have to hurry to get places, hurry to do things, hurry to enjoy what we have and who we are with right now. There are songs about living like we’re dying. TV shows about impending death and how people live life to the fullest only after they find out they’re dying. It’s a message that permeates our colloquialisms and our catch phrase responses. Carpe diem! Seize the day, as if tomorrow will never come. And, while it might not, it probably will.
My husband and I were watching a new show on TV the other night called “Doomsday Preppers.” It catalogs people and families who are obsessed with the notion of doomsday and surviving afterwards. From a Christian standpoint, this is ludicrous because when the end of times comes there will be no living as we now know it; Christ will usher in the age of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth and we will live new lives as resurrected people. That does not require stock piles of water, food, ammunition, and sustainable alternate forms of energy. Since none of the people on “Doomsday Preppers” stated they were Christians, I was intrigued by what they thought they were facing. Some feared a nationwide or worldwide economic collapse. One man feared an imminent “coronal mass ejection” from the sun in 2012. This is when solar winds burst forth from the sun and disrupt the magnetic fields around the Earth causing our electric systems to fail. Another man was convinced that the doomsday event would be a nuclear attack from terrorists so he had an underground fallout shelter reminiscent of the post World War II era and early Cold War era fears. All I could think of was the propaganda films in black and white urging children to duck and cover.
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