2011 could not have made a good candidate for the so-called “Rapture” or “end of the world”. Growing up in a village on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, I recall stories of sightings of the Virgin Mary on the summit, heralding “the end of the world”. Strangely, these occurred the year before a year ending with a zero.
When Harold Camping of Oakland, California “predicted” by mathematical calculation that May 21 was the designated “Day of Judgment” he attracted quite a following despite the process used to determine such a mystery.
The day came and went without heavenly splendor, to the disappointment of many “Rapture” adherents who had traveled to Oakland – after disposing of their worldly possessions – to take the journey heavenward. They were disappointed because “heaven is better than earth” and a “Rapture” is the best way to escape.
One would have thought that the so-called miscalculation would have settled the matter. Yet, Harold Camping, by then better informed, recalculated the end of the world to October 21, and we are still here.
There was no attraction to the “Rapture” frenzy from Greater Cincinnati. If there were any who believed in it, they kept it silent and to themselves. This demonstrates that some doctrinal conservatism – as Cincinnati is reputed to be – is not complete vanity.
Cincinnati, and the world at large, are not what they could be or ought to be. It is the responsibility of every community to make it better. There is work to be done now and waiting for the end of the world is not part of it.