I preached this morning on John 3:14-21 and offered the idea that the passage is really more about life now rather than a future heaven. The love of god extended to us in Christ presents us with a moment of decision will we choose to live or perish--not after this life is over but right now. Will we remain in darkness or choose to walk into God's light?
An example I gave is how our culture has lost its ability to apologize--to take responsibility for our actions and seek to make amends when we hurt others. I was working off of an essay by Karen Gibbs in this week's Time where she notes that from AIG to A Rod to the Pope--no one seems to be able to simply admit a mistake and apologize for it. Instead we get scripted phrases like "I"m sorry if you were offended by what I did/said." In other words, "I'm sorry you were such a thin-skinned weakling to actually be bothered by my actions."
If we are to move out of darkness into light, from death into life--not in some life after this one but right now, one way is to begin with apologizing for what we should apologize for. The good news is that the forgiveness of God is just a heartbeat away.
Grace and Peace,