This may seem like a very strange question to ask about a world leader. But Nelson Mandela has passed from this earthly scene. For some, the question is, “Is there even a heaven to be entered?” Many in our world hold to a strictly materialistic view of human life and say that when you’re dead, you’re dead.
The anthropologist Richard Leakey said, “What happens to you after you die? I don’t think anything need happen to you after you die!”
For those who believe that there is life after this life, the question is “On what basis do you hold that belief?” Is it because one wishes such to be true? Or is there authoritative, reliable information available about the after-life?
Christianity teaches that Jesus is the Savior who died for our sins and rose from the dead — and promises eternal life to all those who trust in Him. These claims are either true or false.
Has Mr. Mandela ever declared himself one way or the other on the issue of belief in Jesus Christ? In The Raw Story’s article “Atheists and Christians lay claim to Nelson Mandela — but which was he?“, both atheists and Christians have staked claim to this great leader’s worldview allegiance.
The most important question is not the great things he has done for South Africa and the world in his self-sacrificing service.
Some websites discuss Mandela’s Methodist history and answer, “Yes, he was a believer in Jesus.” Others sites criticize him for his lack of a clear witness as to his faith in Jesus.
The truth is — only God knows whether Nelson Mandela is in heaven. We are grateful for the many deeds he did on earth, but what did he do with Jesus Christ? That is the question.