It seems that Heaven is slipping, not keeping up with the times. As a culture we seem to have outgrown the need for Heaven as a place of comfort. In the words of Reverend Ike, we no longer desire "pie in the sky, bye-and-bye when we die." We want our pie NOW; "with ice cream on top."
Older Christian spirituals and hymns like "Go Down Moses" and "I'll Fly Away"
reflect the sorrow of living in this vale of tears. They express a
longing for a better place: Heaven. We don't sing those songs much
anymore. There's a good reason for that. After all, what's Heaven got
that we havn't got already? Is there universal healthcare in Heaven? Are
there DVRs? luxury cars with Bluetooth connectivity, satellite
navigation and connected drive?
...Not that I've ever read about.
days Heaven simply doesn't come off too well in a comparative match-up
with modern technology. At least not the pictures of Heaven found in
sermons and popular culture. And after a hundred years of Hollywood the
pictures of gold streets and pearly gates are... well, sort of lame. The
pseudo-Biblical pictures are part of the problem. In fact, the word
"Heaven" is itself a misnomer. The Bible never speaks of a place called
Heaven. The word used is plural; heavens, and speaks more of all you can see in the night sky than of some sort of Cloud 9.
the fact is Heaven has become a term for the presence of God. Though it
is not specifically Biblical, it is at least useful. But it does not
answer the original question; Is Heaven showing its age? is it out of
date, passe? Not at all. As a society we are simply focused on the wrong
things; things that won't last. We walk by sight and not by faith.
got a new iPhone 5 this year. For the first time I have a
top-of-the-line phone instead of a pay-as-you-go burner. I'm already
wondering if I should trade it in for an iPhone 6 when they come out.
And that's the problem with technology. There's always something newer,
something better. We never reach Nirvana. We are in a relentless,
never-ending quest for the best all the days of our lives.
have you noticed this gollywog, super whamodyne, technologically
wonderful world is rather high maintenance? Boy, don't you pay for
upkeep, repairs and replacement. To paraphrase the Bible, "the iPhone
withers, the leather upholstery fades but the word of our God stands
And that's my point about Heaven. You can
ignore it. You can compete with it. You can ridicule the concept. Like
it or not Heaven is still there. Heaven is simply code for "where God
is." Forget the marvels and toys; when your life wears out, the question
of Heaven will enjoy a sharp new reality for you. Jesus said "In my
Father's house are many mansions. I'm going to prepare a place for you,
that where I am you may be also."
You want Heaven? You need Jesus. That sounds Heavenly.