As a reader of the Left Behind
series, I can tell you that from the start, Mr. Kristof is working on a false premise.
The latest is Glorious Appearing, which has Jesus returning to Earth to wipe all non-Christians from the planet. It’s disconcerting to find ethnic cleansing celebrated as the height of piety.
He terms the judgement of Christ "ethnic cleansing." It is not ethnic cleansing; anyone from any race, culture, or geographical location can be a Christian. The same applies to non-Christians - any race, culture or geographical location. Time and time again, throughout the Left Behind
series, we meet characters from all walks of life who either become Christians or choose to take the mark and are lost. Of the main characters within the Christian fellowship at the end, we have:
Rayford Steele, a caucasian American left-seat pilot (rated for everything up to a 747);
Ming Toy, a Chinese security guard;
Hannah Palemoon, a native American nurse;
Gustav "Zeke" Zukermandel Jr., a slow-thinking American guy who's got a big heart and a knack for makeup and credential forgery;
Rebekah, a Jewish convert from within Israel;
Dr. Chaim "Micah" Rosensweig, a Jewish scientist who developed a formula to sustain agriculture in desert environments;
as well as many other characters along the way or at the end who are African-American, Greek, Argentinian, Hispanic, and from every place in life from early childhood to late in years.
You can find more information at www.leftbehind.com about what's really in the books. Jerry Jenkins himself says that it would be blasphemy to say Heaven will be all white-skinned. http://www.leftbehind.com/channelinteract.asp?pageid=987&channelID=79
scroll down to "Whites only?"
I'd be willing to bet this guy didn't read the book; that he's only read those quotes that other people fed him in protest.
Is it easy for me to stomach the idea that some of my friends and family might not be in Heaven with me? Absolutely not. I ache at the thought that some people I love and cherish might not make it. But that's not for me to decide and I hold out hope that they will also find the right path and accept the full love and mercy God intended for all who truly believe in Him. What I do know is this - Heaven will be an awesome place, and even if I have some sorrow for those who are not there, it will pale in comparison with the joy of being in my Creator's presence.