“If Heaven Has a Gate, a Wall, and Extreme Vetting, Why Can't America?”
There has been a meme circulating the internet and even made it into the title of a CPAC panel, it’s this: “If Heaven has a gate, a wall, and extreme vetting, why can't America?”
My intent here is not to talk about immigration. We can argue that elsewhere. Maybe another Intelligo article can take on that issue.
What bothers me most about this quotation is not just what it’s saying about immigration, but what it’s saying about Christianity. Simply put, if this is what you think Christianity is, then you don’t understand the Gospel.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Whoever believes in him. Whoever. That’s not vetting, it’s an invitation. The Gospel invites us to enter heaven, it’s not trying to keep us out. There is no vetting, just the choice on the immigrant’s part to come, or not to come.
I wonder, given the vocabulary we use to speak of Heaven, if we American Christians really understand the Gospel we espouse.
Do we really understand the extent of the grace God has provided? Do we really understand how much God wants us to be with him? Do we really understand his deep and everlasting love for us? While the Pharisees were focused on the 99, Jesus was after the one. God’s hand is extended to all.
If Heaven has walls, they’re not to keep people out, but in.