Source: Cerulean Sanctum
Comments: Dan takes to task a number of (unnamed) Christian bloggers who call out who the heretics are and consign them to hell – maybe even taking perverse pleasure in doing so.
The Christian blogosphere talks about hell far more than you’ll hear from any pulpit. I’ve read just about every take on hell you can imagine in just the last few weeks. But every one of those theological treatises has ignored one kind of hell, the hell that most people experience: hell on earth.
It doesn’t take much for us Christians to castigate anyone we deem to be unworthy sinners. You don’t have to look very far to find such horrid heathens. The Christian blogosphere is brimming over with posts that name names and point fingers. The names of the enemies change, but the general collection of them remains the same. You’re likely to find homosexuals, evolutionists, atheists, and the ACLU in that category. Karl Rove seems to occupy that spot for Sojourners types, while the hardcore conservatives still get mileage out of Bill Clinton. And then there’s whatever preacher or teacher we love to hate. Benny Hinn, Rick Warren, Joyce Meyer, Ken Copelandâ€”maybe even your own pastor will show up on that list, who knows. The important thing here is that hell needs to be invoked whenever we think about them.
More and more I believe that we truly want to see some people burn in hell. It used to be the Hitlers, Pol Pots, and Stalins of the world, but increasingly it’s the people we disagree withâ€”you know, The Enemies of Christ. And from the dialog I see occurring on an increasing number of Christian Web sites, I believe that there are a few too many Christians who would get no more glee than to have a front row seat in Abraham’s bosom so they can stare out over the chasm that separates heaven from hell and lob a few jeers at the prisoners of hell. Because we all know that nothing hurts worse than to be in hell and have to suffer the receiving end of cat-calls from The People Who Got It Right.