By Jeremiah Wright
For me, Dr. Samuel Proctor’s definition of heaven says is best.
Dr. Proctor said (paraphrased) that after 1957, when the Russians put Sputnik into space, it disrupted concepts we had held onto since childhood. All our lives we had been taught that heaven was “up” and hell was “down.” Sputnik taught us that there is no up or down in this universe!
We could no longer say “up in heaven” or “down in hell.” So geographically, I don’t know where heaven is anymore. What the years have taught me, however, and what I do know is that faith in Him who said “I go to prepare a place for you; and if I go…, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am there you may be also.”…Faith in Him means that wherever Jesus is, that is heaven!
Being in God’s presence when this life is over means being in heaven.
The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. served as pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, from 1972 to February of 2008.