Hell And A Texas Summer – They Have Something In Common
Summer is here in the pineywoods of East Texas, where the real culprit is the humidity, that is, the amount of moisture in the air.
It chills you to the bone in winter and makes you sweat before the sunrises in summer.
The blistering heat has raised the “feel like” temperature to over 100 degrees.
On the bright side, I don’t have to mow the yard every week because the grass is no longer growing; if you can call that brown stuff grass!
When it gets this hot, I’m always reminded of the story Jesus told of a poor beggar and a rich man.
Lazarus, the beggar, lives a hard life and eventually dies. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
“Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ Luke 16:22-25
Now many don’t believe in a place of fire and torment but if you don’t you’re just calling Jesus a liar because He mentioned both in the story.
I know I’ve been so thirsty that I’ve swallowed a drop or two of water.
It only made me thirst for more.
I’m not sure what the temperature at the rich man’s location was, perhaps it was like our temperature yesterday.
I mean, I was hot and thirsty; kind of tormented in the heat and I sure wouldn’t want to spend eternity in a Texas summer much less hell.
Now many people think that hell is just a scare tactic used by preachers to frighten them into heaven.
I’m not necessarily scared of 100 degree heat with 100% humidity; I just don’t like it, it’s uncomfortable.
It’s too hot to move, too hot to sit still, too hot to do any thing.
I don’t fear fire either but I give it all the respect I can and I don’t want to be burned.
So with those thoughts in mind, it’s my humble opinion that heaven is a heap better place to go than hell or a summer in Texas.
So I’m a Christian because I don’t want to spend eternity in either.
And if you’re smart you’ll do the same!