RIP?

RIP?

Posted: 13 Aug 2014 12:01 AM PDT at The Cripplegate

What did you think about when you heard of Robin Williams suicide? What was your first thought? For a friend of mine it was the following words:

Everyday they pass me by,

I can see it in their eyes.

Empty people filled with care,

Headed who knows where?

On they go through private pain,

Living fear to fear.

Laughter hides their silent cries,

Only Jesus hears.

Love or hate Steve Green–but there’s a whole lot of truth to this song. 

We live in a world full of empty people. No-one is exempt.

We live in a world full of hell-bound people. No-one is exempt.

We live in a world full of souls, who will spend eternity somewhere. No-one is exempt.

The moment someone’s life on earth ends it immediately continues. The moment someone’s life on earth ends they immediately stand before God. Like a runner sprinting for the finish line, the moment he crosses the line he immediately goes from being in a race to done with a race, but his life continues, his consciousness continues. So it is with death. It is a word we use for the ending of life on earth, but life does not end at death, it is just beginning.

For that reason, it is disappointing, frustrating, and excruciating to see Christians say things (or post things, tweet things, etc.) that minimize the monumental truth that any one of the billions of people who have lived are all somewhere right now…very much existing. It brings tears to my eyes to think about the implications of death apart from Christ.

Christian: You must understand that the words you say reveal what is in your heart. When well meaning Christians say things like:

“Thank you Steve Jobs for “thinking outside the box!” A true game changer if there ever was one. RIP.”

Or:

“Robin thanks for all the laughs. Such a talented man! Thanks for providing me with indescribable joy. R.I.P.

I want to challenge you to think about the implications of writing something like this.

I am not claiming to know where each person is. Nor do I feel like guessing. The point I’m trying to make is did it even cross your mind that they are in eternity? When you think of death, and when you think about people, what is your first thought? Part of working towards being better evangelists is by changing our thinking.

Culture dictates the way we talk, and we are used to saying certain things when certain things happen. But I have to wonder, is the Gospel on the forefront of your mind, if you are writing statements like this?

When you see people walking around what do you see? Do you see a soul that will spend eternity somewhere?

You must understand that Robin Williams and Steve Jobs are not in a coffin somewhere sleeping right now, but they are actively conscious. As I type.

They are somewhere. No-one is exempt. The moment a human being is born he or she will never, ever stop being conscious.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord.

At the end of broken dreams, He’s the open door.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord.

When will we realize, people need the Lord?

My prayer today is that Believers will live lives understanding the implications of the Gospel. That we would live lives devoted to Christ. that we would go all in. That we would start making decisions based on evangelism. That we say, as Paul did in 2 Corinthians 5:16: “From now on, we purpose to not think of anyone in a purely human way.” That we would choose what house to live in, or what city to move to, or what grocery store line to pay for my groceries, based on a love of Jesus and a devotion to telling people about Him.

We are called to take His light

To a world where wrong seems right.

What could be too great a cost

For sharing Life with one who’s lost?

Through His love our hearts can feel

All the grief they bear.

They must hear the Words of Life

Only we can share.

Who else but you? God has sovereignly placed you uniquely somewhere where few other Christians can be–maybe none other than you. Whether its your neighborhood, job, college campus or family, chances are that you are one of the only Christians there. Who is going to let them know about Christ? Who is going to bring them the good news?

Only you can. And when you live with that kind of urgency, you will not be inclined to see hear of someone who died, and think, “rest in peace.”

People need the Lord, people need the Lord

At the end of broken dreams, He’s the open door.

People need the Lord, people need the Lord.

When will we realize that we must give our lives,

For people need the Lord.

Give your life away! No Christian should be exempt from this kind of urgency.

 

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