Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Without Hope, Without God

Joel's The Seventh Sola has an article about the passing of comedian George Carlin. I think it is well written and right on target. You can check it out at the link above.

It really got me to thinking about certain issues. I wonder how people can go through life and never give God a second thought? Don't they realize that every day they have been given has been granted by the pure mercy of the Lord himself. Yes, the Lord is loving, caring, kind and compassionate. Above all, he provides salvation to those who comes to him in faith.

You don't hear much talk about being lost for eternity anymore. At least not in the circles I've been around. You hear a lot about God's love, acceptance and grace. Which, is all true. But, someday, everyone will stand before a just God who will judge accordingly. This doesn't bode well in many areas anymore. But just because it's not vogue to talk of it, those that don't have the Lord in their life will face a God that will judge them and they won't be found in the Lamb's book of life. They will face eternity without God and without any hope of restoration from then on.

Just the thought of that makes me shudder. I cannot forget the sermon by Jonathan Edwards, "Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God." If I remember the story correctly, Jonathan just spoke the words without any great emotion or fantastic oratory, he just spoke. I heard that people were so moved they couldn't wait to come to the Lord. Even though our Lord is kind and gracious, without the covering of Christ upon anyone's life, someday they will face a God and give account of their sins.

So, even though it's not popular, I felt I needed to write a short synopsis of this very topic today. People lampoon, laugh and deride the name of Christ. Some out of ignorance and some out of defiance. I know I need to pray even more for those that will be lost without the redeeming sacrifice of Christ. George Carlin is in eternity now. Right now, I shudder as to what he might be facing. One scripture says that it's a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God. (Hebrews 10)

Today is the day of salvation. Let us remember to pray for those we love, know and come in contact with. I know I need to. I'm so glad I fell into the loving hands of Christ thirty-five years ago than to face a God someday that will judge me because I rejected my only way of eternal life. May the peace of Christ be with you.


  1. So true, Randy. You should read the latest Pew report on religion in American life...even a lot of the evangelicals surveyed said they didn't think their belief was the only way to salvation, and a lot of the people surveyed believed in heaven, but not hell. I'm a literal Bible believer and I know you are too, but apparently we're becoming a vanishing breed.

  2. The interesting thing about Carlin is how he's been glorified for his beliefs. There's no doubt that the man had a talent to find humor in life. He was funny, but he thumbed his nose at God.

    Now, I also want to be careful about making the appearance that I'm someone who has it all together while everyone else is SOOOO screwed up and lost. When I communicate that message, it doesn't come across as love and compassion to the lost.

  3. Roger,

    You are so right. Even though we must preach the truth, it must always be done in love and compassion. The reason is because those of us who do believe in the Lord have been forgiven so much. The irony for me is this: Although I think Carlin was carnal and earthly, It still troubles me when a soul rejects the Lord and loses their soul. How sad.

    Thanks for writing my friend.