August 17, 2014
Years ago, our children went to summer camp in western Arkansas. This was not Camp Mitchell. They liked it for the most part. One year, I drove out to pick Mary Olive up when camp was over. On the way back home she mentioned that she and the girls in her cabin “had gotten pretty close with God.” I said: “That’s good.” As we drove, on she began to look a little worried. She said: “Dad: Are the Jews going to hell?” “Why do you ask?” I said. “One of my counselors told me.” “When did she tell you that?” “At devotion time. We were talking about where we lived. I said I lived in New York City. My counselor said ‘They have a lot of Jews there.’ I said ‘I know, some of my friends are Jewish.’ She said unless they turned to Jesus Christ my friends would go to hell.”
How does that strike you?
It struck me as outrageous. Take any two girls in Mary Olive’s New York school. In most obvious respects they would be the same: same taste in movies, books, and Justin Timberlake; same dreams and hopes for happiness. One’s parents are Christian, the other’s are not. And the good Lord above would have my little girl rejoice in heaven while her friend suffers eternally in hell? To say that of God is a slander on his reputation. He should file a lawsuit. Read more…