Many people are discussing hell right now. I'm more concerned with the kingdom of heaven—what God wants here and now.
Imagine one idea that could distract Christians from some of the biggest problems we’ve ever faced: people suffering around the world, the world’s super power (the US) in an economic crisis, the most strategic and intense part of the world crumbling (the Middle East), and the rise of poverty everywhere. These issues are not what most Christians are discussing; instead, we’re talking about hell and one person’s opinion.
I’m disappointed in us.
A few years ago, the big issue was a pastor who openly talked about sex on stage. And before that, gay marriage was all Christians could seem to talk about. Five years before that, the rapture is all Christians wanted to discuss. All of these are important issues—and things we need to sort out—but how many opportunities have we missed by focusing on the “issues” rather than on Christ?