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The song “Sorrow” by Bad Religion absolutely moves me every single time that I hear it.

And lucky for me, it’s played on the radio a lot despite the fact that it’s a 9-year-old song. I have it included in in several of my iTunes playlists as well. Today I watched the music video for the first time and was impacted even more deeply as I watched the emotions on the face of the lead singer. In our world, there is pain, there is sorrow, there is evil, and you cannot come to grips with it by trivializing it. Unless you recognize that there is something greater, you only make a mockery. (I think this is how John Lennon messed up with “Imagine.”)

“Sorrow” explores the suffering of the Biblical character of Job, but there’s a personal connection as well as so many of us long for “the only true messiah” to come to the rescue. While I am not responsible for all of the pain in the world, I certainly am responsible for some. I’m human; I mess up. I cause a whole lot of my own problems, I often cause problems for others, and I am part of the kind of others-second society that is to blame for everything from food shortages to genocide.

Lord, come quickly and rescue me from myself! I ache for that day when there is “sorrow no more…”

Father can you hear me?
How have I let you down?
I curse the day that I was born
And all the sorrow in this world

Let me take you to the hurting ground
Where all good men are trampled down
Just to settle a bet that could not be won
Between a prideful father and his son

Will you guide me now, for I can’t see
A reason for the suffering and this long misery
What if every living soul could be upright and strong
Well, then I do imagine

There will be sorrow
Yeah, there will be sorrow
And there will be sorrow, no more

When all soldiers lay their weapons down
Or when all kings and all queens relinquish their crowns
Or when the only true messiah rescues us from ourselves
It’s easy to imagine

There will be sorrow
Yeah, there will be sorrow
And there will be sorrow, no more

With these lyrics about the Messiah’s return fresh in my mind, I can’t help but to think about the end of the world tomorrow. Oh, sorry. The rapture tomorrow and the end of the world in October. What an idiot this guy is to predict Christ’s return for tomorrow! If he truly understood this rapture that he’s trying to predict, he would know that one of its most basic tenets is that nobody can know the date (Matthew 24:36). And the same Bible that he says predicts the rapture on May 21 (it doesn’t) also says that anyone who believes this guy is a fool (2 Thessalonians).

I understand from reading the Bible that the requirement for Christians is that they should be able to recognize the end of the world when it does come (1 Thessalonians 5). But again, nobody can predict that.

In the midst of my opinion about the May 21 preacher being an idiot, however, I was struck by the thought that just because this guy says the Messiah will return tomorrow does not mean that the Messiah will not return tomorrow. Wouldn’t that be something?! Of course I kinda hope that he’ll stay away just to spite, but … he is coming. He is coming some day and I am eager to see him, and excited in that nervous skydiving-from-a-plane-for-the-first-time sort of way. I’ve never done this before, and it’s going to be grand!

So if the purpose of all of this May 21 hoopla is to make you and me more heaven-minded, then okay, that’s all right with me.

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