Harold Camping of Family Radio in Oakland, CA has made a bold prediction: Jesus is coming back on May 21, 2011. For those readers not familiar with Christian jargon, the rapture is supposedly the time when Jesus returns to scoop up all of his people, thereby ushering in the final scenes before the end of the world.
The topic of a pretribulation rapture is itself in debate, and others who have named dates for the second coming of Jesus have been left waiting at the bus stop. But leave it to enterprising entrepaneurs to capitalize on believing pet owners. Two companies are offering after the rapture pet care, so that when Christian pet owners ascend to their heavenly homes their dogs and cats and other warm fuzzies won’t be left to the fend for themselves.
People, I don’t make this stuff up.
For a small fee, Eternal Earth-Bound Pets USA and After The Rapture Pet Care are just two companies who will make sure that Fido and Fluffy are cared for should their owners disappear in an instant.
On the website for After the Rapture Pet Care, co-founder Sharon Moss (she founded the company with her non-Christian friend Carol) writes, “Yes, it seems funny at first. But, if you believe there is a coming Rapture, and you love your pets, it becomes serious. And that’s what we are – serious about the safety and care of your pets, as well as your peace of mind.” (To be honest, if the rapture was coming on May 21, I think I’d be more concerned about making sure I share the gospel of Jesus with people rather than setting up a company to capitalize on the event. But I digress.)
Eternal Earth-Bound Pets USA is run by athiests, with 40 volunteers serving in 26 states. In their FAQ section, they answer the question
“How do you ensure your representatives won’t be Raptured” by stating “Actually, we don’t ensure it, they do. Each of our representatives has stated to us in writing that they are atheists, do not believe in God / Jesus, and that they have blasphemed in accordance with Mark 3:29, negating any chance of salvation.” (As a Christian that is supposed to make you feel better? Shouldn’t we have concern for the eternal welfare of people over the earthly care for our pets? Again, I digress.)
As a Christian, I don’t believe that we know the day or time when Jesus is coming back, or when the tribulation starts or when the world ends. I do believe that God cares for every person, and I don’t delight in any way that should the rapture occur there will be any people left behind to care for my pets. I also believe that God loves all creatures, and I expect to see my pups in heaven, in some form or another, because if there will be streets of gold there can be animals, too.
But what do you think about Post Rapture insurance? If you’re a Christian, have you even thought about what would happen to your pets if the rapture occured? And should that be a major concern?