Originally posted Sept. 20, 2010, at Skating in the Garden in High Heels Under My Alb. Republished with permission of the author.
I have an older sister,Cathy, who stayed with me this summer. It was wonderful.
My sister doesn’t go to church. She was raised Roman Catholic and back when she was a kid she figured she’d committed a mortal sin, so it was all over for her, so to hell with it.
Regretfully she hasn’t seen much of any church since to draw her back. She cannot for the life of her figure out why Christians seem so obsessed with gay people.
She’s an avid reader and she came back from a used book sale in town with a bunch of books to read on the bus ride back to California.
I’m looking at her books and I gasp in horror when I see “Left Behind.” “WHY did you buy THAT book?” I demanded.
“What?” She’s never heard of the “Left Behind” series.
She’s never heard of millennialism.
She likes science fiction and thought the idea of a bunch of people mysteriously disappearing sounded pretty interesting. She thought it was science fiction.
So she comes downstairs outraged after reading the first few chapters. “People are saying in the book that GOD took these people. Children — little children! Nobody would believe that. What kind of a God does that? Why didn’t they make it the devil taking all these people? Why did they say it was God? That is stupid. Nobody believes that.”
“Um, a lot of people believe that.”
“Well, I don’t believe that. MY God doesn’t do that. My God doesn’t take children and loved ones away from people and leave them to suffer.” She was furious. It’s the most passionate I’ve ever seen her about religion. She thought the idea of “rapture” was the most ridiculous thing she’d ever heard of.
I did tell her Lutherans don’t believe that. “WELL, THANK GOD FOR THAT!”
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