Here’s a question I’ve had for a long time:
Why do so many popular Christian leaders today insist that we either have to be focused on either this life or heaven and hell?
This post isn’t about the Rob Bell controversy. Long before Love Wins was released, you could easily two find two sets of Christians arguing about which life–this one or the next–we should give our attention to as a church.
One group insists that we cannot, ever, downplay the importance of heaven and the threat of hell and instead talk about social justice. This group might argue that people who focus on social justice do so at the expense of the Gospel, and maybe they even do it because they’d rather not talk about unpleasant topics, like God’s wrath toward sin.
The other group tends to argue that thinking about the afterlife takes away our time and energy from addressing the problems of this world. Sometimes they’ll go so far as to accuse heaven-minded Christians of letting their post-mortem expectations render them emotionally dull to the concerns of this world.
This is always presented as either/or. Either you think about heaven and hell or you can actually give a damn about the “hells” of this world.
My question is simple:
Why can’t we do both?
If God so loves the world and calls us to do the same, then can we not care about both how people live right now and be concerned with what awaits them in the life to come?
Why can’t we care about how the poor are treated at this moment and with whether they’ll inherit the kingdom to come?
The early church had all things in common and looked forward to the coming Resurrection. Why can’t we do the same?
Have a happy discussion.