Yesterday, I briefly discussed the hermeneutical issues found in the popular Left Behind novels. Today, I’d like to bring up another set of issues Gorman addresses in his book, Reading Revelation Responsibly.
Gorman finds some important theological issues with the series. In the books, LaHaye and Jenkins distort the gospel and make it all about being saved, so you aren’t left behind when Jesus comes again. It’s salvation based primarily on fear, and it falls short.
It also leaves out any ethic of how to live between the first and second comings of Jesus. There is no reason to love one’s neighbor or any of the other teachings of Jesus on how to live now; rather an imbalanced focus on living only in waiting for the second coming.
Dr. David McDonald is the teaching pastor at Westwinds Community Church in Jackson, MI. The church, widely considered among the most innovative in America, has been featured on CNN.com and in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Time Magazine. David weaves deep theological truths with sharp social analysis and peculiar observations on pop culture. He lives in Jackson with his wife, Carmel, and their two kids. Follow him on twitter (@fossores) or online at fossores.com