One of the catch phrases in certain circles of Christendom these days is "God-centered." This is a good phrase and when properly understood communicates a marvelous truth. However, it appears that many people have gravitated to using this phrase to communicate "I am a serious Christian" without giving much thought to the radical implications of what it means to be "God-centered." One of the people who God has used to challenge my own understanding of what it means to be God-centered is John Piper. The following quote by Piper presses home the implications of what it means to be "God-centered" in our understanding of heaven:
"The critical question for our generation—and for every generation-is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there?"