“Heaven is great, but it’s not the end of the world.” The first time I heard this N.T. Wright statement was 5 years ago, and it was quoted to me by a friend. It gave me pause, and I kept turning it over in my head. I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. Why? Because it ran counter to what I had been taught about the aim of my Salvation.
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I was in the 3rd grade and had just received that week’s graded spelling test back. As my eyes checked each line I was thrilled as each word had a red check beside it, confirming that I had indeed spelled it correctly. All 25 were marked correct! There was just one problem, I had actually misspelled word 25 and I knew it. Somehow, my teacher had given me credit for it. As an 8 year old boy, my heart was racing. I knew I didn’t earn that 100%. I knew for me to accept it would be dishonest. I decided to inform my teacher of the mistake, knowing that doing right would still pay off as God would bless me. I figured that my teacher would see that I was honest and out of gratitude for my godliness let me keep the 100%. I walked up to her and confidently showed her the error, knowing she would let it pass and both my conscience and grade would be unscathed. She looked at the paper, marked word 25 incorrect, handed it back to me with merely a “thank you” and sent me back to my desk. I was devastated!
“Daaaaaady!” Whined the voice of my 5 year old from the back seat of the Odyssey.
“What is it, son?”
“Jeremiah tried to knock my Frisbee out of my hand.”
“Okay.”, I responded; slightly frustrated at having my conversation with my wife interrupted over an attempted Frisbee slap.
“Are you going to tell him not to do that?”
“Jeremiah, don’t do that.”
…. and all was right with the world.