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All of God’s Sinners

“When All of God’s Singers Get Home” is a hymn by Luther Presley about the joys of going to heaven. I’ve known the song my whole life, but when I was little, I thought the words were, “When all of God’s sinners get home.” Slight difference there.

I remember thinking that I could see what the author meant, but it seemed like a strange thing to write a song about. Obviously, I couldn’t actually see what the author meant, but I think my little mind knew what it was talking about.

“For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith” (Romans 3:22b-25a). Everyone whom God redeems was a sinner; that’s kind of the point of redemption.

But those sinners were his creation. He loved them. He didn’t want them to stay sinners. “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8).

So yes; technically the people who go to heaven are God’s sinners. It’s even kind of a deep and meaningful thought.

But I still think it would be a strange thing to write a song about.

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