Growing up in the church I heard a lot of stories about what it would be like when we get to heaven. And then I went to seminary and realized we aren't really sure what happens when we get there other than it is supposed to be really cool. And apparently we will get to talk to Jesus and I can't help, but wonder how that will work. Because I'm guessing the line to talk to Him will be very long. Maybe we will all have to take a number between 1-6,000,000,000,000,000. And of course they will leave out the number 666. Well regardless, I have a few questions that I would like to ask Him after I thank Him for all that He has done for me.
My first question, especially in the wake of all that happened last week, would be, "Why did you allow horrible things to happen to great people?" I have heard several sermons claiming to have the answer to that one and it will be interesting to see if they were remotely close.
My second question would be, "Why was life so tough?" Now don't get me wrong, I have had a great life compared to most...but it has still been very tough at times (like now). And I know that many will say it is because tough times make tough people, but what a load of crappola! Because I don't feel tough when times are tough? I feel tired and beat up, and discouraged. So I don't know what Jesus will say to that one, but my guess is that it will have nothing to do with trying to toughen me up. He may talk about how he had to walk thousands of miles in bad sandals, take a bath in dirty lakes, hang out with 12 morons, poop in the woods, and then die on a cross. And at that point I will change the subject and thank Him for my great life.
If I get three questions then I might ask, "How do you feel about what we did with your church in America?" I'm not being sarcastic when I wonder how He feels about the new trends of having multi-site campuses and spending millions on marketing & having incredible buildings and high tech facilities. He may very well say, whatever it took to get the message out was fine with me. I have just always wondered about that one. I always feel like we (meaning me too) have this whole church thing messed up. So although it will be after the fact...I would just like to know what he really wanted us to do.
After I'm done with my questions then I'm going to go look for my grandfather Henry Russell. I never got to meet him, but I hear that he and I were a lot alike except he was skinny. Apparently he had a great metabolism. Wait...that is another question I would like to ask Jesus, how come I didn't get a faster metabolism and why did you make all the good tasting food so fattening?