Just when you thought you’d seen and heard it all, there appears an article in the most recent issue of World magazine on the battle over gay marriage in our country. On p. 36 is a photograph of a man in front of the U.S. Supreme Court dressed in a red, skin-tight, mesh leotard, a multi-colored tutu around his waist, wearing purple sun glasses to match his purple lipstick, together with a red wig and red horns protruding from his head. One supposes he’s portraying a demon, but one can never be quite certain in such cases.
Of greater interest is the sign he’s carrying, written in large colored letters. It reads: “I Bet Hell Is Fabulous.” I’m not sure what he’s trying to communicate. Perhaps it’s a defiant response to the Apostle Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 that “neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality . . . will inherit the kingdom of God.”
In any case, my mind immediately turned to the most graphic description of hell in Scripture: Revelation 14:9-11. There we are told that he/she who resides there “will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night.”
Now let’s be clear about one thing. I’m not singling out “men who practice homosexuality” as if to suggest that they alone are in danger of eternal torment. In Revelation 22:15, John also includes, among others, “the sexually immoral [both heterosexual and homosexual] and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” Paul also includes the “covetous” (Eph. 5:5), as well as those who engage in unrepentant “strife, jealousy, fi