MANY PEOPLE with a pronounced right-leaning political persuasion have had the experience of meeting me and, perish forbid, engaging me in animated discourse. Many come away thinking me a librull arsehole. So, does that make me a left behind?
I found the lovely photo of the teddy bear in the woods at the top of this page on the Reigning Life site accompanying the article “Who Gets Left Behind” by Jordan Hardgrave. As its caption, there is a line from the Bible:
Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. (Matthew 24:40-41
Mr Hardgrave has a very different take on Matthew’s words, which form the basis for the contemporary belief among certain (very conservative, very Protestant) Christians in the rapture:
“We have been taught for so long that being left [behind] is a negative thing, and the destiny of the unrighteous, that we miss the clear Scripture that shows without question the righteous get left [behind], and the wicked aken [during the rapture].”
Needless to say, you will have to read Jordan’s essay to see how he arrived at that interpretation …