I’ve been trying to decide if this was a joke or not, and the thing is, I just can’t. I mean, really, how can you not read that and have your first response be, “Oh, wow, that’s funny, good one, I almost fell for it” and then immediately following on that, “Oh, wait, are they for real?”
For the White House, the possibility that the dramatic events described in Thessalonians 4:13-18, in which “the dead in Christ will rise, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord,” presents an obvious dilemma: if President Bush is summoned to meet his maker, who among the “left behind” can govern the country? According to the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, if the president is incapacitated, dies, resigns, is for any reason unable to hold his office, or is removed from office, he is to be succeeded by his vice president, in this case Dick Cheney. But top White House officials have expressed concern that Cheney’s health may make such a transition impossible, especially after the shock of witnessing his boss disappear through the ceiling of the Oval Office.
Here’s an interesting thought to ponder: what if the Rapture does happen and George W. Bush isn’t taken into heaven? Think he’ll try to nuke heaven? “Anywhere in the clouds, General! Let’s see how ‘Almighty’ God is against our nukes!”
Wouldn’t surprise me much.