a gut check for my conservative friends ::
what would you do if you saw a hindu in heaven?
an LGBT person?
what would your initial, natural response be?
would it be one of celebration?
‘oh! i’m so glad you’re here! i was so worried for your soul – and it turns out God really does extend grace to all of us – i don’t deserve to be here any more than you… how glad i am at how wrong i was – welcome!’
or would it be one of indignation?
‘why the hell are you here?!?! you are dirty, sinful – you don’t deserve to be in God’s presence, like me! i asked for forgiveness – i believed – but YOU! you lived in constant rebellion to the ways of God – if you’re here, i don’t want to be.’
to quote one prominent theologian – ‘i’m not a universalist, but i hope God is.’
what do you think?