Several years ago, I read Randy Alcorn’s book about Heaven. I certainly didn’t agree with him entirely, but I was challenged to reconsider so many assumptions I’d held about eternity–and that was an invaluable tool. I’ve since used the book more as a reference or study book than as reading material. I love it! If you haven’t read this book, you need to. Your entire concept of what Heaven is, and why it exists, will be challenged.
I didn’t even know Randy Alcorn had a blog, if you want to know the truth about it. A couple of nights ago, after discussing the now-infamous Pat Robertson statement about Haiti being cursed, in a moment of frustration, I googled “was Pat Robertson right about Haiti?” And behold! Randy Alcorn’s blog, titled, “Was Pat Robertson Right?“. I love it when God brings people and resources into my life when I’m being frustrated and flippant. He’s so good at reminding me not to take myself so seriously.
Anyway, I want to encourage you all to go and read Alcorn’s words on this matter. He is gracious but firm (and incredibly articulate) in explaining the problem with Robertson’s presumption about Haiti. As Christians, I think it’s important that we speak truth when it needs to be spoken, but also that we do so without alienating or condemning those who may be erring.
So Randy–thanks for the blog and for setting a standard by which we can learn to disagree without condemnation! And Pat–thanks for encouraging generosity towards the Haitian people!