(A fanciful parable)
A well-intentioned person walks up to the Pearly Gates upon death and introduces himself to St. Peter.
“Why should I let you in?” – Peter asks.
“Well,” the anxious traveler replies, “I was very active in my church. A Sunday School teacher for 25 years. I always tithed all my earnings, volunteered at the soup kitchen on holidays, reached out to poor souls in my community for Christmas dinners. I even gave money to missions boards to spread the Good News!”
“That’s it?!” – responded the hoary Saint looking down his spectacles a the bewildered supplicant. “Sorry, I can’t allow you to enter…”
“Lord, have mercy, for the love of God!” – was the frustrated response.
“That will do,” said Peter, “come on in.”