Tuesday, May 19, 2015


To: Mr. Luke W. Christian
From: Almighty God
Re: Your request to live in

Mr. Christian, I have given careful consideration to your request to live eternally with me in heaven. I have come to the conclusion that I must not grant your request. It is not that I do not wish to do so. I would very much like to have you near me forever. That was the destiny for which I intended you at creation. But I have determined that, in your case, it simply would not be in your best interests.

You see, Mr. Christian, heaven is a place where I am praised continuously and enthusiastically. I have noted that you do not enjoy praising me, that you avoid it when you can and participate in it only halfheartedly when you feel that you must. I would not want to make you miserable eternally by placing you where my praise goes on constantly. So I must reject your application for admittance into heaven.

Since you prefer neither to honor me nor openly dishonor me, I am at a loss as to where you might be happy. I will instead refer your case to the devil and his angels. Although you have not openly supported them, I suppose that they might find a place for you in their abode. Their abode is populated by all kinds of people -- those who deny my existence, those who openly hate me (without even knowing me), and those who claim to believe in me, but rarely bothered to honor me.

You will find quite a number of people of your lukewarm convictions there. You would find none here. So I must conclude that, as unhappy as you may be in that place, you would be just as miserable here.

So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth (Revelation 3:16, ESV).

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Don't Be A Fool, Be Ready

Soccer players must be fit. They do not overeat, like linemen in American football. They do not starve themselves, like some gymnasts. They run, and train, and eat carefully. They are among the healthiest people on earth.

Gregory Mertens was one of the best young soccer players in Belgium. He played for the national "under 21" team. Yet, despite his youth, his training, his careful eating, and the doctors' examinations that he had undergone, Gregory Mertens suffered cardiac arrest 15 minutes into a match last week, was rushed to a hospital, and later died.

We may think that we have plenty of time left. We may think that we can always get right with God later in life. But we never really know. An accident, a hidden heart ailment, or some other unforeseen circumstance could end our lives at any time. We need to be ready.

"The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, 'I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry."' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God." (Luke 12:16-21, ESV)