Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Is it fair if Ted Bundy went to heaven?

You are in heaven. Angels and millions are worshipping God. You are prostrate before the throne.

At one point you raise your face and you notice the guy beside you. It is Ted Bundy.

Does the hair raise up on the back of your neck just at the thought? Jesus told a story that got the same reaction.

Matthew 20
A Story About Workers
1 -2 "God's kingdom is like an estate manager who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. They agreed on a wage of a dollar a day, and went to work. 3 -5"Later, about nine o'clock, the manager saw some other men hanging around the town square unemployed. He told them to go to work in his vineyard and he would pay them a fair wage. They went.
5 -6"He did the same thing at noon, and again at three o'clock. At five o'clock he went back and found still others standing around. He said, 'Why are you standing around all day doing nothing?'
7"They said, 'Because no one hired us.'
"He told them to go to work in his vineyard.
8"When the day's work was over, the owner of the vineyard instructed his foreman, 'Call the workers in and pay them their wages. Start with the last hired and go on to the first.'
9 -12"Those hired at five o'clock came up and were each given a dollar. When those who were hired first saw that, they assumed they would get far more. But they got the same, each of them one dollar. Taking the dollar, they groused angrily to the manager, 'These last workers put in only one easy hour, and you just made them equal to us, who slaved all day under a scorching sun.'
13 -15"He replied to the one speaking for the rest, 'Friend, I haven't been unfair. We agreed on the wage of a dollar, didn't we? So take it and go. I decided to give to the one who came last the same as you. Can't I do what I want with my own money? Are you going to get stingy because I am generous?'
16"Here it is again, the Great Reversal: many of the first ending up last, and the last first."

Luckily God is the judge. It gives hope for your aging relative, who has loudly rejected God all their lives. Even at the last breath, God's mercy is still extended to them.

And is Ted Bundy in heaven?

God only knows. He was a master manipulator right to the end. Quite honestly we would feel better if we knew he was burning in hell right this minute...

But if he did humbly repent and seek God....

Yes, God's grace can even cover him.

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