"Note, though, something else of great importance about the whole Christian theology of resurrection, ascension, second coming and hope. This theology was born out of confrontation with the political authorities, out of the conviction that Jesus was already the true Lord of the world who would one day be manifest as such. The rapture theology avoids this confrontation because it suggests that Christians will miraculously be removed from this wicked world. Perhaps that i why such theology if often Gnostic in its tendency toward a private dualistic spirituality and toward a political laissez-faire quietism. And perhaps that is partly why such theology, with its dreams of Armageddon, has quietly supported the political staus quo in a way that Paul would never have done."
[Tom Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church, pp. 133-4]