Contrary to what Michele Bachmann believes, Jesus has a lot to do before the Final Judgment.
I think it is great that Michele Bachmann encourages everyone to entrust themselves to Jesus, Jew and Gentile alike. Outside of Jesus there is no forgiveness or new life for anyone. But why must she attach that basic message to myths about the “End Times”?
According to the Hill,
The 2012 Republican presidential candidate made the comments in a radio interview last week with Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council, after both Bachmann and Perkins went on a tour of Israel. The website Right Wing Watch posted audio of the interview.
“We recognize the shortness of the hour,” Bachmann says. “And that’s why we as a remnant want to be faithful in these days and do what it is that the Holy Spirit is speaking to each one of us, to be faithful in the Kingdom and to help bring in as many as we can — even among the Jews — share Jesus Christ with everyone that we possibly can because, again, he’s coming soon.”
Bachmann also says that “the prophets longed to see the days that you and I live in.”
Christians have been claiming that Jesus is coming soon for several generations now. The track record of such predictions is one hundred percent failure. Meanwhile, our traditional Christmas hymns give a much more optimistic perspective. Bachmann would do well to imitate them and eschew the desire to set a date for when the world is going to end. The truth is that she has no idea.
But as she links the message of repentance and faith in Jesus to these mistaken notions about when Jesus is coming back, she gives people an excuse not to believe her.
People are already prone to scoff at the message of Jesus. We don’t need to help them by mixing the message with false prophecies.