“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
Thinking about everyone who has passed away, which gate would you say they exited? Aunts? Cousins? Uncles? Parents? Grandparents? Consider any Kin and think about the question. I read a lot. Much of it is Prophecy, Biography or Mystery. I wonder what the main fictional characters faced when they met My God. Authors made no mention of religious preference, but plenty use of “God’s Name in Vain”. Raylan Givens swore a bunch and when asked If he believed in God, he said yes, “Somewhat”. Walt Longmire was into spiritual ‘naturalism’. They, Raymond Reddington and Harry Bosch just killed bad guys without thought and Frank Reagan’s family said a memorized “Grace” before their meal, but they drank a lot, too. (As a matter of fact, my family meals followed a memorized Sam Austin “Grace”, but no alcoholic beverage was served) I suppose memorization is OK, since My Lord taught a prayer that has been memorized and spoken in worship services for generations. Up until today, at least. Perhaps that is what Matthew was hinting at when he described the ‘wide and narrow gates’. Maybe so. What I do know is that unless “Holy Fruit” is evidence, not a one of us can truly determine the spiritual condition of any one but our own self. That’s the part about ‘judgement’ that all stumble over, donchaknow. Really.
Which ‘gate’ do you face each night? Well, anyway, I hope to see you “There”.
And, that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates. AMEN