I’ve seen this meme pop up after President Trump issued a January 27 executive order to ban people from seven Muslim-majority countries from coming into the United States. I’m not sure whether the creator of this meme is making a political or theological point – or perhaps both.
Here’s what the Bible says about heaven: its gates are never closed. You don’t need a “nice person passport” or “good karma green card” to get in. In fact, there is no amount of deeds that you can do to enter the city of heaven, “for by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). It’s quite simple: the admission price through the gates of pearl have already been paid. Jesus Christ has an inexhaustible number of visas to give to anyone who will receive, stamped with His precious blood.
No, not all will get into heaven. But all are welcome. Those who stay outside the gates choose to do so. As C.S. Lewis rightly put it, “It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to.”
Extreme vetting in heaven? Nope. All of us have done a lifetime of unrighteous deeds to keep us out. But God has made a way through His Son, and all it takes is childlike faith in Jesus to walk in.