Oh, we are so close to turning the final corner and heading down the final stretch. Harold Camping has determined - after 70 years of study - that the "rapture" is coming on May 21. We raised the question earlier of what one ought to wear at a "rapture." And now, I'm ready to answer: Nothing. Well, nothing except maybe some old shoes.
Now, why would I suggest some old shoes? It's because of a picture that I have found both inspiring and puzzling. Occasional artistic depictions of the "rapture" typically illustrate ascending saints heading into the clouds either clad in white robes or not clad at all. Of course, when they are not clad at all, the clouds discreetly cover all of the good stuff and all we see are ankles and feet. That is because if you saw more you might lust and the you'd have to be left behind with all of the other lusters. What a mess. So, just enough nakedness to get the message; not enough to get excited.
Other artistic depictions of the rapture show empty clothes left behind from those who have been taken away. This is the 'other side' of the naked ankles and feet depictions. But, I recently found a book cover which has messed with my expectations. It is from a book entitled, Three Views of the Rapture, edited by Gleason L. Archer, Jr. and published by Zondervan. This book cover is extremely alarming to me.
If we leave our clothes behind in the "rapture," then this picture suggests that people who walk around in nothing but a pair of shoes in open fields are among those going in the "rapture." Heck, this guy wasn't even wearing socks! I tell you, I'm glad we have 37 days before the "rapture" because I have to seriously consider whether or not I want to be companioned for all eternity with people who walk around open fields in nothing but shoes. It's kind of creepy if you ask me, and I always figured that the "rapture" excluded the creepy. What do you think?