You’ve committed your life to Jesus. You know you’re saved. But when the Rapture comes what’s to become of your loving pets who are left behind?
Who hasn’t asked themselves this question?
I know Stephanie and I have had several heated arguments about this.
I say, “Hey, we all know those crazy people next door wont be going. They’ll surely take care of the animals.”
Then she gets upset and contends that, surely, all dogs go to heaven.
OK. Enough with the sarcasm.
We actually don’t even own any animals. We have very loose beliefs about the reality and nature of the rapture. And if it does happen, I hope with all my heart that our neighbors won’t be here afterwards.
But of all the crazy products and services available these days*, I bet you’ve never heard of Eternal Earth-Bound Pets, USA.
Take ultra-opportunistic American capitalism, add diverging worldviews, and you get a service offered by atheists, specifically for pre-millennial evangelical christians.
See for yourself:
They introduce their service like this:
You’ve committed your life to Jesus. You know you’re saved. But when the Rapture comes what’s to become of your loving pets who are left behind? Eternal Earth-Bound Pets takes that burden off your mind.
They go on:
We are a group of dedicated animal lovers, and atheists. Each
Eternal Earth-Bound Pet representative is a confirmed atheist, and as such will still be here on Earth after you’ve received your reward. Our network of animal activists are committed to step in when you step up to Jesus.
We are currently active in 20 states and growing. Our representatives have been screened to ensure that they are atheists, animal lovers, are moral / ethical with no criminal background, have the ability and desire to rescue your pet and the means to retrieve them and ensure their care for your pet’s natural life.
This would be a hilarious joke, except I’m pretty sure they’re serious…
Which makes it tragic…
Someday, these people will stand before God, and they will have nothing to say. The weight of regret for their ignorance and arrogance will be intolerable in the presence of a God Who does not stand to be mocked.
And all of us christians who mis-represent Jesus —
-who make Him look weak and marginalized and culturally irrelevant
-who fail to communicate with our lives the weight of sin and the glory of the cross
-who make these people feel comfortable believing that followers of Jesus are simple-minded fools who follow a tinkling bell
*The ‘Snuggie’ is a great example, as Mike points out.