I flipped on Family Radio on Saturday night while in the drive thru at Sonic (I heart diet cherry limeades), and the station was still on the air despite the fact that the apocalypse should have already come and gone. They were running a recorded show from Harold Camping, their fearless leader, from 26 years ago when he discovered there was no, absolutely no, justification for divorce, including but not limited to adultery, “fornication”, physical violence…attempted murder…rape…pillaging…genocide…(I mean if you mistakenly married Pol Pot—there’s no out at all? None?)
Anyway, despite strong opposition from my wife, I waited until the top of the hour where I was hoping to hear the apocalypse addressed in some way. Unfortunately, no luck. However, it was nice to hear the announcer of a prerecorded show that was supposed to be airing after the apocalypse, previewing the episode that would be airing next week.
It’s interesting to read the post-Apocalyptic coverage though. You have the media with their spin:
For atheists, this could be an “I told you so” moment.
But that would be too easy. Almost too easy, anyway.
Instead of gloating, some atheists hoisted beers and called the latest failed prediction of Family Radio’s Harold Camping a lesson in human behavior.
“We know he’s not the first or the last who’s going to do this,” said Mike Gillis, a host and producer of the Seattle-area radio show Ask An Atheist on KLAY 1180 AM.
Okay—this is not an “I told you so” moment for atheists. No Christian outside this incredibly limited group actually took this dope seriously. We made fun of him and his prediction incessantly on the radio show. I mean, he’s already done this before and failed in 1994. No one thought the end of the world was actually coming.
On the other side, the Blaze has video of how Christians in the area reacted to it. Which was to walk to their building and try to find followers of Camping and console them. They don’t mock or insult them, they just point out that predictions of false teachings are all over the bible. They weren’t there to insult, but instead to help. Remember, Campings's followers are a group of people who just spent their entire life savings on a scam artist/crazy person. There’s no benefit in recruitment, other than actually caring. In a way, this is an "I told you so" moment for Christians. They say that they actually care, and they actually do.
Out of all of this, that’s a nice moment of realizing how you’re probably supposed to react to something like this. Of course, mockery was fun too.
By the way, the end of the world is actually in October. Camping only predicted that they'd disappear in May, but the REAL end is in October. So, we've got that going for us. Which is nice.