Many unbelievers have taken me to task for publishing my weekly “Sudden Death” posts saying that in no way do these articles scare them into believing that there is a God. They tell me that they know that they will die someday but that it is no big deal. They also say that I have a morbid fixation on death, I belong to a death cult, that I’m a ghoul, and that I, myself, am the one who is scared to death about death.
Let me correct these misunderstandings: They are wrong. Dead wrong.
These posts are for Christians. These posts are reminders that any day, at any time, a non-believer can be taken in an unexpected tragedy and whisked off to Hell for eternity. These posts are not-so-subtle urgings to do something now because the time is short. These unpleasant reportings are simply the passing on of the truth of the Ultimate Statistic: that 10 out of 10 people will die.
When I read these sad reports I shake my head in sorrow on how untimely these deaths can be. I wonder if the person had a chance to hear the Gospel. I ponder eternity again and am thankful that God has given me another chance to live, and has enabled me to tell others about the life that is truly life.
My hope is that I will continue to speak of the hope that is available through Jesus Christ until the day of my death.
Sudden or otherwise.