Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

The Element of Happenstance in My Eternal Destiny

It is no wonder that people of western civilizations, especially in the U.S., see their national identity as intertwined with God’s unfolding plan for humanity. It is obvious to any unbiased observer that so called Christian theology is woven into western culture in myriad ways. Being born and raised within this culture predisposes one to accepting and integrating the ideas of Christian orthodoxy.

 

Peoples in other parts of the world are not so predisposed to accepting Christian theology. Their cultural and historical backgrounds often contain quite different elements which lead to worldviews that are likewise different. Therefore, one might consider the fact of being Christian as almost an accident of birth, more so than being the result of a reasoned evaluation of all the theological alternatives. If one’s place of birth gives such an overwhelming advantage, we of so called “Christian” nations are blessed by the circumstances of our birth, much as the Old Testament Israelites were. By extension, mere happenstance turns out to be, perhaps, the most important factor in our relationship with God and accordingly in our eternal destiny.

 

Such a conclusion is troubling, because God proclaims himself to be no “respecter of persons.” Most admit that the redemptive work of Christ was designed for the benefit of all mankind. Yet the course of human history has somehow favored those like us. This may be comforting to those who count themselves among God’s chosen; but, when the accident of where one is born is so significant, equality before God becomes a mockery.   

 

Whatever the circumstances that brought about this western adherence to “Christianity”, that inclination cannot be the basis for “populating heaven.” Such a theological understanding is just a little too parochial and cannot explain the God who promised to bless all the families of the earth (Gen 12:3).

 

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