Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of my favorite actors. I know, I know. Everyone can do his voice and make fun of the way he pronounces California. We all get it.
Since it's Christmas time, we've been making our way through some goofy Christmas movies like, say, Jingle all the way starring a certain well known body builder mentioned above. So in the whole movie Howard Langston (Arnold) kept letting his son down by working and missing his karate competitions and not baking cookies like the perfect neighbor Ted played by Phil Hartman. May he rest in peace.
Throughout the whole movie, Howard is trying to get a Turbo man doll. The doll is God to Howard. It is his desire and on his mind all the time. It is the key to life to getting a perfect relationship with his son. But it turns out that with all the shenanigans with Howard trying to get a Turbo man doll, he finds himself having to put on a Turbo man outfit for a parade. He becomes Turbo man and flies around and shows his son. And his son doesn't care about the toy since his dad is the real Turbo man. The end.
One of our family members was in the hospital with some health issues and over the years people have prayed that he would accept Jesus into his heart. Because essentially, they don't want him to go to hell. Stay with me unchurched peeps reading this. I know that last sentence made you gag. But stay with me.
There's a great deal of sadness. Not from the sick family member's perspective. But on the Christians wanting him to receive salvation. Don't get me wrong, I'm not faulting them because I know the intentions are good and they want good things for said sick family member.
I think I get frustrated because the beliefs of the people I grew up with and church do not make sense in this instance regarding someone close to death. Because Christians (myself included), say, "With God all things are possible." Let me let you in on a secret, come closer. Just a little closer...
We don't believe with that with God all things are possible. We say it. But we don't believe that.
Honestly, nobody knows what will happen when a person dies. You do not know. I know a typical church goer reading this will say, "He will go to either heaven or hell based on if he accepted Jesus Christ as Lord."
What if I were to say that maybe God talks with the dead family member in a realm or state or place where we do not understand and welcomes him into eternity. A churched person would say, "That's not possible!" Really? Now is the time you're going to start putting a limit on God? When all I hear from Christians is that God is so big and he can do anything. Why in this instance on something you don't understand, do you say, "God can't do that."
Because in other instances when we don't understand something we say, "God is in control." But even when we say that, I think we say, "God is in control" when we don't want to deal or think about something hard. I think us churched family members look down on him because he didn't live a life inside church. And we think his whole life must have sucked because he didn't acknowledge Jesus the way we do.
Every time I talk to him, he has a lot of stuff to talk about. And he tells me good memories, funny memories and sometimes racist jokes. How do I have the audacity to tell someone they will go to hell because they are not like me? Is the whole point in life to avoid hell? Or is it something else that Jesus talked about?
When, where, why, how and who then can be saved?
With man this is impossible, but with Turbo man doll all things are possible.