Wednesday was a fairly surreal day for me. Tuning into morning television to see if there was any new news from the Middle East I was shocked to discover that the American media was preparing its viewers for Armageddon. Realizing I didn’t have any flashlight batteries or canned goods in the house I wondered what had happened in those few hours while I had slept? See, this is the only real disadvantage of living so far away from the conflict at home: being constantly 7 hours behind. Were the horsemen of the Apocalypse really saddling up in another time zone?
So I tried to forget. Meanwhile the west coast heat wave kept me indoors all day studying. Although I wondered if such heat was a sign of the end of days. Anywhoo, fearing either Armageddon or a potential black out due to excessive electricity usage in the day, I turned off my TV until later on that night when in my bedtime tradition I watched Nightline followed by The Daily Show and the Colbert Report.
Nightline had an interesting story about Evangelical Christians who are only second after Jews in America to support Israel and what it’s doing in Occupied Palestine and Lebanon. Why? Prophecy of course. The Kingdom of Israel must go to war in order for Jesus to return; i.e. Saving Israel for Jesus. The message was quite clear: Jews are killing Arabs so that Jesus will come and Christians are supporting Jews who kill Arabs so that Jesus will return. A match made in…irony?
As a Muslim Jordanian I hid under my bed when I heard one man say: “If you support Israel, you will be blessed, and if you don’t support Israel, you will be cursed”. But then I suddenly understood how George W. Bush was voted in twice (or once).
Right after I tuned into The Daily Show, which basically summarized my day:
Next came Stephen Colbert who has been suggesting in his segments “Road To World War Three” that not only is ‘Jesus is on his way’ but that President Bush understands what’s at stake here: The Rapture. Colbert is also busy selling “Welcome Jesus!” t-shirts that you can buy at Cafe Press for 13 bucks. One size fits all…Christians.
So now, in addition to being depressed about the ongoing slaughter of Lebanese and Palestinians back home, I have the Apocalypse to worry about. “False Christs” is currently ranked number one on the reliable Rapture Index; now that’s a thought that’s going to linger.
Fayyad at Kabobfest has more on the subject.