Charlie Clauss has written a fantastic little piece on the Emerging Scholars blog about the Advent season and about what it looks like to hope intelligently for Jesus’ return. He writes:
[For] a certain kind of Christian (of which I include myself), talk of “rapture” and even the phrase “Second Coming” provokes a kind of embarrassment. I assume that people hear that kind of talk and assume unkind things about the speaker, especially questioning their intelligence. As one who REALLY wants to be thought of as intelligent, I do not enter into those discussions. “I’m not like those folk who believe Jesus is returning next week.”
You might then imagine how I felt when I discovered that the season of Advent was a time to consider Jesus’ return!
You can read the rest of the post here.