A couple of weeks ago, Michael Bloomberg announced he was entering the race to become the next Democratic nominee for President of the United States in 2020.
Bloomberg, a former Mayor of New York City, brings extraordinary wealth to the challenge, $50 billion to be exact. His candidacy caused other Democratic candidates to pounce on him with assumptions that he would rely on his personal fortune to buy the office of the Presidency.
Democratic hopeful and socialist, Bernie Sanders, said, “I am disgusted by the idea that Michael Bloomberg or any billionaire thinks they can circumvent the political process and spend tens of millions of dollars to buy elections.”
Elizabeth Warren, another leading progressive candidate, also slammed Bloomberg. “I understand that rich people are going to have more shoes than the rest of us, they’re going to have more cars than the rest of us, they’re going to have more houses,” said Warren. “But they don’t get a bigger share of democracy, especially in a Democratic Primary. We need to be doing the face-to-face work that lifts every voice.”
If it’s true that Bloomberg thinks he can buy a seat at the desk in the Oval Office, that’s not the only place of highest order he has essentially professed to being able to purchase. In 2014, Bloomberg said he had already earned a place for himself in heaven.
Within the context of his smoking cessation, anti-obesity, and anti-gun initiatives, Bloomberg told the New York Times: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”
Perhaps Bloomberg was joking. Then again, maybe he wasn’t. He wouldn’t be the only person to think this way about getting into heaven. Most people believe that if they’re good enough, they’ll be permitted into that place of eternal bliss.
But make no mistake about it, according to the Scriptures, no one can buy or earn their way into heaven. The Bible declares that everyone who goes to heaven will be there in spite of themselves.
Bloomberg’s comment about earning a place in heaven sounds much like the Pharisee who prayed, “God, I thank you that I am not like other men – extortionists, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.” (Luke 18:11).
In other words, the Pharisee fancied himself suitable to receive God’s ultimate blessing. Jesus condemned the Pharisee’s approach to God in this way but approved of the publican who beat his breast, praying, “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:9-14).
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Rev. Mark H. Creech