Vladimir Lenin said, “Christians are taught by religion to practice charity while on earth, thus offering them a very cheap way of justifying their entire existence as exploiters and selling them at a moderate price tickets to well-being in heaven.” Here’s the thing, just look through the television dial and listen to a snapshot of early 21st century Protestantism. He’s describing much of what passes for faith contemporary America.
As I’ve said, the kingdom of God is about the here and now. We practice charity on Earth because God is at work on Earth. Jesus is taking care of the hereafter. I’m determined to prove Lenin wrong. As I said on Sunday, do we come to church to guarantee our place in heaven or is there something about this present moment which calls us together as community?