Michael Bloomberg is the very rich former mayor of New York who continues to be active in all sorts of areas of social advocacy.
He’s quoted in the New York Times as reflecting on the situation of advancing years and his own mortality in these terms:
But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “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.”
There’s nothing in the article to suggest the statement is tongue in cheek.
In any case, that would pretty much sum up the attitude of a lot of folks here in Mount Gambier.
People think they know what Christians believe, but a lot of the time all they believe is that being good gets you into heaven.
The good news is that only bad people get to go to heaven, and they go because Jesus has taken our punishment on himself and shares his resurrection life with us.