“We will make death optional.” That’s the promise of some trendy research scientists who met in Silicon Valley not long ago. The New Yorker described the chatter at a cocktail party where millions of dollars were being raised to fund the effort. “We can end aging forever.”
It turns out that writer wasn’t hopeful we’ll ever actually see the God Pill that has generated such hype. It would necessarily be produced by the pharmaceutical industry. And the only way Big Pharma makes the big bucks is through healing diseases. It defies logic and human nature that they might create a pill that would send them all out of business! Let not your heart be troubled.
Think about this: the longer you stay on the Earth, the longer you’re away from Heaven. I mean, I’m happy to do my duty here and put in my time: maybe 80 years or possibly 100. But I’ve got bigger plans.
Last week at a neighborhood market, our checkout line was delayed endlessly by a customer with coupons, and a handwritten check, and lots of questions about prices. As I finally reached the cashier, she shrugged and said, “I’m sorry you had to wait so long.”
I smiled and replied, “It’s okay. I’m going to live forever.” And I wasn’t being sarcastic.
That’s the ultimate fulfillment of the Christian Faith, is not? We’re not here to learn how to have glam relationships or make tons of money. We weren’t sent here to party or maintain tanned hardbodies. Even pagans can do all those things without a mustard seed of faith or even a molecule of worship! We’re here on TDY, to represent the Kingdom until we get to go home.
What was it Jesus told his grieving friend Martha? “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” Call me crazy: I believe it. (John 11: 25 – 26)
Eternal Life is not some spiritualized myth wrapped up in a paradox to calm our anxieties. It’s why the first century Christians were willing to die at the hands of angry Jews and corrupt Romans. They didn’t forfeit anything: they were trading up for something better.
- It’s why you and I can turn the other cheek, pray for those who persecute us, give to any who ask, and confess Christ even in the face of execution.
- It’s why we don’t mind walking away from privileges, pleasures or property here: because God will overcompensate us there.
The way some church people suppress all mention of Heaven and the great hereafter makes you wonder what they seriously believe. There’s no doubt what Paul believed. “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” (1 Corinthians 15: 17 – 19)
I’m not going to hold my breath until Silicon Valley delivers the God Pill. By the grace of God, I’ve gotten to know the God-Man. When life finally gives me its worst, the LORD is prepared to offer me His Best. There’s no greater confidence than that.
So don’t be ashamed to let your neighbors and co-workers know what gives you so much confidence and joy. It’s not because you go to church. It’s because of what you’ve been promised by the guy who started The Church. (The One who made Sunday famous!)
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Lift up the Cross!