Roy is a second year graduate student working toward a Master of Divinity degree from SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2015 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU for his work with homeless children in Dallas.
In working with homeless children and their families this summer I thought a lot about the concept of “age of accountability.” This concept is a Christian belief regarding the fate of children’s souls when they die. Many Christians believe that some people go to heaven, while others do not, and that God organizes people into these groups based on their actions while they were living. However, a loving and just God surely doesn’t hold infants who die accountable for their life choices. Thus arises the age of accountability – the age after which God holds people accountable for their actions when making decisions about the afterlife. If you die before the age of accountability, you automatically go to heaven. But [...]