Multiple Choice

So let me begin with a simple theological quiz. Here’s a multiple-choice question: How good do you have to be to go to heaven?

A) Pretty good

B) Really Good

C) Better than Uncle Joe

D) Perfect

The answer is D. If you want to go to heaven, you have to be perfect. And I don’t mean “sort of” perfect, “mostly” perfect, or 80% perfect. Being 80% perfect is like being 80% pregnant. Either you’re pregnant or you’re not. Either you’re perfect or you’re not. The kicker in all this is that 99.9% of the world believes the answer is either A or B or C. Most people would say it’s A. If I’m pretty good on the relative scale of goodness, surely I’ll go to heaven. And most people are quick to compare themselves to Uncle Joe or Aunt Jane or those punk kids down the street. That’s always an easy comparison because we usually only compare ourselves to someone who isn’t as good as we are. But that’s not what God does. When God makes a comparison, he compares us to his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We all fall short of his divine glory (Romans 3:23).

This Sunday, please come to worship Jesus Christ in Word and Sacrament, with us, at Saint Augustine’s Anglican Church. Your spirit will be glad you did.

Father James