First, the fun stuff. Homer Simpson the hard worker? Hilarious! If you’ve seen the Simpsons, you’ll know Homer works hard looking for ways NOT to work at all.
“Not a bad guy”. Maybe not. But a good guy? Well, who among us is really good?
If you give the Bible any credibility, consider this excerpt, from a section called Romans: “There is no one doing what is right, not even one.”
Beyond that challenging statement, I ask: what is “good”? Am I still good if I routinely exceed the speed limit (which I do)? Am I still good if I pay a contractor under the table to avoid taxes (which I don’t)?
And what about ignoring my creator? As a serious Christian, I know that God is interested in every part of my life. So if I live as if He barely exists, am I still “good”?
One of the reasons I follow Jesus Christ – whom serious Christians, and many others, believe is the son of God – is because in the end, I have to admit I’m NOT good. And no matter how hard I work at it, I can never be good on my own.
I welcome Jesus into my life because He is bringing me closer to “good”. And for the many times I still fall short, his sacrificial death and resurrection wipes all my shortcomings off the books. God sees me as he sees His son – perfect, without blemish.
The other thing that grabbed me about this graphic is the notion of spending Sundays (in church, I presume) hearing about going to Hell.
I imagine if you’re not a regular church attender, then you’re nodding in agreement with Homer’s assertion. But it’s no more true than his claim about working hard.
I regularly attend church services because through them, I learn more about how to live as a Christian. I’m also surrounded by other Jesus followers who encourage me, support me and pray with & for me.
Does Hell come up? Now and then. However, serious Christians aren’t fixated on it because we know we’re not going there. But we keep in mind all those we know who don’t follow Jesus. We want to spend eternity with them in Heaven, so we pray for them and, at church, we learn how to lovingly show them and tell them about the hope we have in Jesus.
If that sounds appealing to you, then step out on the ledge one Sunday. Go to a church service and talk to the people you meet there. It just might change your life.