Do you believe in an afterlife? Heaven? Paradise? Something like that? A place where you will live with your loved ones in happiness?
Tell me about that afterlife you imagine. Does it include violence? War? Weapons? Abuse of women and children? A society where some have far too much and others not enough? Destruction and degradation of the natural world?
Probably not. In fact, the opposite. I’m guessing you imagine a place of peace and contentment, a place where the wrongs so familiar in this present existence are finally righted.
And when you pray, Christian, do you earnestly say, ‘thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven‘?
Hypocrite. Like me, you hopefully pray that the ideals of heaven will invade the present one. And yet you readily resign yourself to the brokenness of this world, you won’t lift a finger to undo it; worse, you are part of the problem, you contribute to it. You celebrate warfare and violence. You accept the preeminence of money above righteousness in the businesses you support, the choices of the governments you elect, in the lifestyle you live.
“Oh, well, I’ll just get through life as comfortably as I can and slip peacefully into eternal bliss…” To hell with thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Really? So you believe those things that cannot survive into eternity should enjoy our present support, our quiet complicity?
This is not the way of Jesus about which I read in the Gospels. Maybe we should look for a new religion.
Or maybe we already have one.