I'm not afraid to state my opinion - really. I like people to know where I stand on things important to me, like how to hang the toilet paper roll (over!!) and whether everyone should have affordable healthcare (duh!!).
But I don't really like controversy. I pretty much cringe from it & bury myself in a tube of chocolate chip cookie dough. Sigh.
I don't usually do things like this on my blog, but, controversy or not, I couldn't let a recent article I read go without some sort of commentary. The article mentioned a service that will take care of your pets after the Rapture*. My first reaction was "wha?" But after spending 30 seconds with my Yahoo search engine I realized that this is something that people are seriously very concerned about. I found this site (After the Rapture Pet Care) where you can register your pet to be cared for by atheists or people of other non-Christian religions after the Rapture occurs. If you are that worried about your pet’s care, wouldn’t you want the pet to be cared for by someone with your belief system? I guess that’s not an option if you’ve all been Raptured… This one is a free service, but there are ones where you can pay (up front, of course).
This site (Post Rapture Pets) mentions helpful tips about planning for your pets after the Rapture. For example: You should have multiple back up pet sitters available in case your primary sitter is taken up in the Rapture. Or, regarding a pet food dispenser: The Rapture and Tribulation times will be very chaotic, so something with a battery backup may be a good idea. And, finally: You'll need some way to let people know you are no longer around. Presumably, everyone will know that the Rapture has occurred, but just in case, here is a site that should help, http://www.raptureletters.com/.
I really have no words that don’t sound like I’m mocking the concept of needing to provide for your pets in the eventuality of the Rapture. I’m trying to be non-controversial while I’m just squirming inside – you know, like when you’re in church & something strikes you as funny & you’re trying so hard not to laugh. That’s where I am right now.
If you believe in the rapture and you’re concerned about your pets, then these sites may be of use to you. I’m just going to go stick my head under some cold running water so I can calm down. And maybe I’ll eat some cookie dough.
*From Wikipedia: The Rapture is the gathering together of all Christians on earth at the time of the return of Jesus Christ. Belief in the rapture as a prophesied future event is found primarily among Conservative Protestant groups. The primary passage used to support this idea is 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, in which Paul cites "the word of the Lord" about the return of Jesus to gather his saints.
...and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.