Monthly Archives: May 2011


Saturday, May 21, 2011 was the long-awaited day that a pastor had determined would bring the return of Jesus Christ. This was based on calculations the pastor had made, not on prophecy from the Holy Bible. In fact, saying that May 21 was “the day” was in direct contrast to scriptures revered by Christians, such as Matthew 24:36.

For reasons I can’t yet explain, this thing took on a life of its own, thanks largely to media coverage. As recently as Saturday morning, the local newscaster asserted that “many Christians” subscribed to the pastor’s unscriptural conclusions. The same newscast featured a disclaimer that “not all” Christians believed it. The cumulative result of such coverage was a distortion that left the uninformed person to think that followers of Christ who rejected the pastor’s prophecy were in the minority.

I find it fascinating that the same media machines that advanced this narrative are quick to remind us that President Barack Obama is a Christian. Every so often, an event occurs that raises questions about that. You may remember during the campaign when Senator Obama accidentally referenced “my Muslim faith” on television (9/7/08) and quickly corrected himself after the interviewer reacted to it. When those things occur, they are followed by news stories which assure us that the president is actually a Christian.

If there is, as major media asserted, a significant number of Christians that believed Jesus would definitely return Saturday, and if those same media sources have worked to remind us that President Obama is a Christian, why don’t they ask Obama if he thought Christ would return on May 21?

The president could easily answer that question in one of three ways:

First, he could say he did not believe it. Since it didn’t happen, he would be vindicated.

Second, he could say he did believe it. He would then remind us that he’s been wrong on his own predictions before, including college basketball and the economy.

Third, he could say he believed it would and would not happen on May 21. While that may seem counterintuitive, he famously argued that the individual mandate to buy health insurance was not a tax (9/20/09), but in court defended it as a tax (7/17/10)…