According to The Guardian today, Israel Folau, the Australian rugby union player who was sacked by the NSW Waratahs and Wallabies for posting a meme on Instagram that claimed hell awaited “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers,” has recently been boasting about the great sacrifices he has made in standing firm in his belief in a cruel and arbitrary god.
Folau’s social media prophesying led to the tearing up of his four-year, four million Aussie dollar contract and he told the congregation of his church on Sunday that, “All the materialistic things I have been able to have over the last number of years are slowly being taken away from me. It’s been really challenging but also it’s been encouraging to myself to see what my God is actually doing.”
I can’t help thinking that this Biblically based young man should have actually read his Bible before getting all theological online. You see, Jesus didn’t ever say, as far as we know, that drunks, homosexuals and adulterers would go straight to hell but he did sort of imply that rich people would or, at the very least, they would find getting into heaven as hard as squeezing a dromedary through the eye of a needle, a feat that would be extremely messy if it was even impossible. Furthermore, all over the place, he banged on about how dangerous the ownership and valuing of “materialistic things” is in respect to one’s relationship with God.
In other words, if God does turn out to be a petty, legalistic divinity intent on every jot or tittle of scripture being adhered to under threat of the eternal barbecuing of whatever remains of us post-mortem, he will be gunning for overpaid sports personalities long before he will be sweeping anyone else down below.