When We All Get To Heaven

Jackson Campbell
4 min readOct 11, 2023

Escapism or Empowerment?

Photo by Danist Soh on Unsplash

“When we aaaaaaall see Jeeeeeeesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory!” If you know that song, you probably understand the deep significance it has in the lives of people of faith.

My parents and grandparents know this song as one that was sung very often throughout their upbringing. For them, celebrating the future of the afterlife was a reminder of the “reward” they received once journey on earth had come to an end. It was a reminder that, despite hardships, God was going to bring about a new “Kingdom” for those who were loyal to “Him.”

In 2023, living in a tempestuous time with regard to spirituality and religion, one might say that thinking about Heaven and the afterlife is “merely escapism,” attempting to divert oneself from unpleasant life experiences. Some might say that it is empowering, giving confidence to people of faith. Seriously, which is it?

Both. It’s complicated. It’s nuanced. It really depends on a couple things:

  1. Your Social location
  2. Your attitude toward the concept of Heaven and the “Kingdom” of God

First, let’s talk about social…