I received a secret transcript of a meeting that took place in the other realm, a meeting of the Intergenerational Heroes of Freedom. They met to tell their stories of heroism during their often too brief stays here on earth. There were freedom fighters and those who resisted tyrants from all over the globe and throughout time. Many of them still bore the marks of their torture.
The first to speak was a Polish woman who described how she fought to the death in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. Refusing to flee to safety, she stood with her compatriots against the German army and repelled them day after day for more than a month. She hid in bunkers, nearly starved to death, and was killed in the final brutal assault when they burned the ghetto to ash.
Next to speak was a Russian man who told of his long dissent against Russian communism. First, they tortured him and sent him to the Gulag for many years. When he continued to call for reform and freedom, they finally made him kneel and put a bullet in the back of his head.
Another man spoke of being a patriot in the War of Independence and having his home burned, his family killed, and all his possessions confiscated because of his support for the cause. “I refused to bend,” he said. He died in one of the last battles of the war.
A black woman talked about her participation in the Underground Railroad, helping many slaves find freedom from the tyranny of the Southern states in the years before the Civil War. She was caught by slaveholders, assaulted, and lynched.
A man in a firefighter’s uniform described climbing the stairs of the South Tower on 9/11 before it crashed around him and instantly took his life. Another described dying trying to save lives during the Rwandan genocide. One of the men beheaded by ISIS told his sad story. Person after person recounted their stories of heroic and sacrificial deaths.
There was one man in the back. After everyone at the meeting had told their stories, they looked at him and said, “Were you a freedom fighter?”
“You bet I was,” he replied. He was asked to tell his story.
“You are not going to believe this. There was a global pandemic that killed millions. I heroically refused to take the FDA-approved vaccine which protected people from the virus and I told people I was no sheep – I would not be wearing a mask.”
They asked him if he was executed for this.
“No, I contracted COVID-19, and here I am.”
Then, in an attempt to imitate Mel Gibson he shouted, “FREEDOM!” before starting a long coughing fit.
They asked him to leave.
(This is satire, not theology, obviously.)