These days, my prayers are simple. I fail to understand these long-winded sermons that are bellowed out from behind the pulpit, veiled as a prayer. I think to myself, “If you weren’t done preaching, keep going, but don’t stop and then continue on as if you’re talking to God.” So, I try to avoid my prayers being a treatise of my opinion. I have two “go-to’s” in my current prayer life. First, The Lord’s Prayer. I mean, come on, the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, and he gave it to them straight. I don’t know how we’ve gotten so far away from it. Second, “God have mercy on me, a sinner.”
“Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” So begins the so-called, Lord’s Prayer. Amidst Christendom’s obsession over “the will of God”, I was overwhelmingly impressed one day by the most obvious observation – the question screaming from the words. How is God’s will done in Heaven? Plainly, that’s how Jesus wished things on earth were. Yet, I’ve never heard a sermon on this subject. I’ve never even heard the topic discussed. And I was raised a missionary’s kid, brought up in the heart of evangelicalism, educated at Christian institutions and have endured probably more than a thousand sermons. I’ve never heard the question asked.
Therefore, I’m asking it. How is God’s will done in Heaven? In response, I’m going to write a multi-part inquisition into this subject. This is the first installment. I think a proper starting point for the inquiry is: What the Heck is Heaven? I also think it would be wise to attempt to define Heaven’s antonym: What the hell is Hell? Those will be two installments.
I’m obviously a little biased. The basis of much of the faith-based rhetoric in this blog is that God loves you but has no plan for your life. So, I really don’t want to discover a bunch of evidence that indicates that God has a specific plan as to the what, where and when of our afterlife, and that we’re to shut-up and do what we’re told. I don’t think that evidence exists, but you all, of course, will decide for yourselves.
I can tell you what else I hope not to find: evidence that life in Heaven consists of us bowing down before our Creator in perpetual singing and praise. I don’t want to be sacrilegious, and I love worship services with great music and praise for an hour, but I can’t imagine it being the entirety or majority of our afterlives. Certainly there’ll be relationships, activity, productivity, etc.
I’m confident that will be the case because: God’s not a Narcissist.
Only the truth will set you free. Set Me Free 360.