Wait… Who Gets “Left Behind”?

My friend Matthew Dickerson, author of Ents, Elves and Eriador: the Environmental Vision of J.R.R.Tolkien and Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: the Environmental Vision of C.S.Lewis, presented this meditation – a challenge to the conventional understanding of “the Rapture” – at a gathering of The Chrysostom Society a couple of years ago.

I found it to be quite intriguing.

So I’m pleased that Christianity Today has published it for everyone to read. I realized, listening to Dickerson, that many of the church leaders and teachers who had preached and taught on the subject of “the End Times” may not have been reading their Scriptures very closely. And, well, neither had I.

Have evangelicals got the whole “Left Behind” thing backwards?

Read this and think it over.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.


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