My wife, Deborah, and I just returned last night from attending the U.S.
Open at Shinnecock in the Hamptons of New York. I had the pleasure of
attending the U.S. Open because Deborah gave it to me as a Christmas present
this past season.
While staying at the quaint Huntting Inn in East Hampton, I was leafing
through one of their many high society magazines and came across something
quite interesting. Some charity had thrown a "Cupcake Ball", where each
participant, upon arrival, received a very large, beautifully decorated,
mouth-watering cupcake. Now I don't know what the significance of giving out
the cupcakes was. However, I can tell you what I found significant. Amongst
pages of pictures of these beautiful size 2 trophy wives and trophy
wives-to-be, not a single one had taken a single bite of their cupcake. That
is to say, each one had in their possession a cupcake, but not one was
actually enjoying that delightful mound of carbohydrates and calories.
The more pictures that I looked at, the more amused I became. It became
painfully obvious that, if you are going to be a size 2, you can have a
cupcake, you simply can not consume it. Therefore it was an illusion that
these beautiful women could enjoy this bounty of bakery bedazzlement, which
they held in their hands.
It struck me that millions of people see heaven in a similar light. Here is
this beautiful thing that beckons you. You want it terribly. But you are
afraid of the side effect (the Christian walk) that comes before you receive
eternal life in heaven.
Just like the cupcakes at the "Cupcake Ball", heaven is a free gift from our
Holy Father. Why is it then that so many millions will never receive this free
gift? Why is it that this thing that was created in total and complete beauty,
something that everyone desires, is rejected or deferred by the vast majority?
I suggest to you that the reasons for it, as explained by those who refuse to
receive the gift, are varied but overwhelmingly come down to ignorance of what
the Christian walk means. Some believe that it requires personal enslavement;
that those of us who live the Christian life don't have any freedom. But free
will is a cornerstone of Christianity. Some believe that you must become
exclusionary. Yet what other religion invites every one to come and partake?
Some believe that Christians give up their sexuality and yet research
demonstrates that the most sexually active and fulfilled people on earth are
So how do we overcome that ignorance? Well, as you can imagine, I believe that
the answer to this is very simple. We must inform the world as to what the
Christian life is. When the Word of God was passed down in the oral tradition,
that brought many people to the faith. And then, from Guttenberg's time on,
the written tradition has brought many more. But now, my friends, it's time
for (and may I say, more than time for) Christianity and Judaism to step into
the 21st Century and provide the true Word of God in a medium that people will
actually consume on a broad basis, and that of course is on video.
If you see heaven as an exclusive country club that you should be a part of,
but, not too many others, then let's stay on the path that we're on. But if
you see it as God sees it, as a home for everyone if you'll only trust in Him,
then we need to all step up and all become a part of this magnificent offer.
Some of you could give a dramatic gift, financially. Some could introduce us
to others who have the same ability but who we are not connected to. Others of
you could give of your own personal talents to Film the Bible. So many of you
that read this newsletter give sacrificially each month and for that I am
deeply and daily thankful. Possibly today you could think of one or two others
that you know who might want to join this great mission and bring the filmed
Bible into reality.
Now I can tell you for sure that if Deborah and I had been invited to the
"Cupcake Ball", the picture of Deborah would have been of a woman with empty
hands and frosting on her lips! What's more, Deborah wears a size 2 (or at
least an even multiplier). Whatever her size, she'll always be my Cupcake and
heaven will always be my destination. My only hope is that, with all of us
working together on behalf of God that millions more can partake of this
incredible gift that's being offered to all of us.