I write these words on May 21st, the so-called “Judgement Day,” according to a self-described prophet, and announced on billboards in Florida and full page advertisements in major papers. The alleged “end of the world” begins today, they say. If you are reading these words, it apparently was not a cataclysmic end.
It’s stuff like this that makes me want to join the “Freedom From Religion” foundation. Fear-based, nonsensical, biblical-proof text superstition, alas, still finds a home in religious media. I guess it is remains true, it is hard to underestimate the intelligence or gullibility of the of the foolish.
Unitarian Universalism holds reason as the solid foundation of genuine faith. As Channing once said, “God gave us a mind and will hold us accountable for its use!” While too often we limit truth to the merely analytic or measurable, I am proud to be part of a faith, to quote our Fort Myers congregation’s slogan, “where reason and religion meet.”
End-times predictions are the fodder of bogus prophets. Real prophets call people back to faithfulness, working to bring holy love to the world by standing on the side of justice. That’s what we should proclaim: All are lovable, all are worthy, all can be saved.
Until we live in love, we already are in end-times. When we live in love for all creation, we are in new times.
May hope, love and reason be your guide. Rev. Kenn