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To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Saturday, July 2, 2022


Longing For Apocalypse



Sharon MartinYou cannot bring about a thousand-year reign of peace by promoting hate and destruction any more than you can bring back the America that existed only in your dreams by burning churches and killing Christians. If you believe your Bible tells you that either of these things is so, please give it another look.

Lately, I’ve been reading Jay Rubenstein’s Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse. In 1065, Annunciation and Good Friday fell on the same day. Church leaders seized on this coincidence and preached that it foretold the return of Christ. A large number of pilgrims wanted to be in Jerusalem for the event.

The expected didn’t take place, but the pilgrims stumbled into skirmishes they believed were part of the apocalypse … until the holy day had passed.

A thousand years later, we’re still dealing with the mess the Crusades and the pilgrims helped create.

Humans don’t learn a lot from history. Right now, people I know are predicting the beginning of the end in September. Again, it has something to do with two holidays, or maybe it’s a holiday and a full moon, arriving on the same date. Latter-day prophets are issuing dire warnings and posting underlined passages from Revelation.

Is it for humans to decide the fate of the world, although every single act and decision of every single one of us contributes to its fate? Think about that.

We have the power to accept that every creature is part of creation. Will the world be better without elephants, wolves, people who don’t look like us? People who don’t worship as we do?

We can treat all with kindness, or we can be the holier-than-thou bullies. We can rape and pillage the planet, or we can do what is in our power to preserve it for our children and their children. We can teach our children to live this life to the best of their ability, or we can preach hate and intolerance as a means of reaching heaven.

I know which choices I want us to make. And I don’t believe we can know what’s on God’s mind or on his calendar.

Let’s be prepared for whatever nature and man throws at us. But we serve creation best when we hope for peace and do our best to make it happen for everyone. Apocalypse can wait.

Sharon Martin lives in Oilton, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer


  1. I feel so sorry for you that you would promote such an intolerant cartoon. As a Catholic family, we are deeply offended by this. I realize intolerance and bigotry arw widespread, but I’m shocked a journalist of your stature would succumb to such cruel intolerance. SS

  2. As a Catholic, I own our history. If only we could ask Galileo how he felt about house arrest for publishing his cutting edge science. While I didn’t choose the cartoon that goes with the article, I think it perfectly captures the current climate (no pun intended) of myth-think over science-fact among a group of our legislators.

    Did your gut reaction to the cartoon prevent you from reading the essay? The only thing I don’t tolerate is hate, although I follow the wisdom of St. Francis and try to understand it. I believe that is reflected in what I write.

Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.