In an upcoming TV interview, noted ABC talker Barbara Walters asks both Michelle and Barack Obama who they would like to be in their next life. One might think that after ascending to the White House as First Lady and President respectively, there is nowhere else and no-one else to be. Still Michelle Obama apparently covets the position and status of Bo, their Portuguese Water Dog. She indicates that he has a pretty good life for a dog. Still, a dog? She’d be content to be an opposite gender, a lower-intelligence life form (assuming, of course), and have to resort to licking herself to keep clean. OK, maybe Bo gets baths. But is this the best she can aspire to, being given a chance at another round in life?
On the wiser side of the question, the president opted to pass on the question. Good thing, he might embarrass himself as well:
Asked the same question, President Obama declined to answer, saying: ‘You know, Barbara, I’m going to pass on this one.’ (ABC News)
But if you know me at all, you know most of the above is tongue-in-cheek. As an Evangelical Christian, I recognize that the question of the next life is one straight out of the pagan teachings of Hinduism. I don’t believe in reincarnation and am a happy omnivore. I don’t worry about eating my ancestors or friends when I eat a hamburger!
As an Evangelical Christian, my answer would have been something like:
“Well, Barbara, I’m glad you asked me that. You see, as a follower of Jesus Christ, I trust that my next life will be as me, in a glorified body, raised at the sound of the trumpet when Jesus returns. This holiday season, as we think about his first coming, we are reminded that he will come again and that his followers will be raised into immortality. Of course, I recognize that your question hinges on the belief of another world religion that we can come back as other people or as animals so that we can live again and get the things right that we messed up or didn’t learn in this life. I don’t believe that. We have but this one life and we get it right or we don’t. We accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior before that final breath or we are raised up again to judgement and damnation. It’s not a popular view these days but that’s what I believe.”
Oh, how the world would change in a short time if we had a man and woman of integrity in the White House who were not afraid to stand up for their beliefs. If only they were not ashamed of Jesus! If only they were willing to lose all in this life for what they will truly gain in eternity.
In my next life, I want to be there with Jesus and all the saints!
This Christmas, remember the one who came as a babe, for he will return again for his followers as one who harvests a field. And after that, he will come as the reigning King of Kings!