Why rethinking the hereafter could make the world a better place
By Jon Meacham
But for some Christian leaders, the Bible points to a different view of heaven. "I don't believe we are going to be floating around with little wings looking like Cupid playing harps for all eternity," says John Blanchard, executive pastor of the 4,000-member Rock Church International in Virginia Beach and founder of Planet Rock Youth Ministries. "Heaven isn't just a place you go--heaven is how you live your life," says Blanchard, whose late father-in-law, Bishop John Gimenez, was a key figure in the rise of the religious right. "What's trending is a younger generation, teens, college-aged, who are motivated by causes--people who are motivated by heaven are also people motivated to make a positive difference in this world."
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