We Need A Grace Primer..
With memes and headlines against colored backgrounds they are imagining with evident glee the discomfort that Hawking is going through having found out that their god exists.
The problem is that their god doesn’t exist…at least not with the attitude they have.
“Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked,” (Ezekiel 33:11 ESV)
What should our attitude be when someone enters eternity having seemingly denied Christ?
There but for the grace of God, go I.
The grace of God is the only thing between you and whatever an unbeliever faces on the other side.
Maybe we need to define grace again for some.
It is the unmerited favor of God.
You don’t deserve it.
You didn’t earn it.
You deserved whatever you believe hell is as much as any unbeliever…but grace…
Listen to Dr. Packer;
“What is grace? In the New Testament grace means God’s love in action towards men who merited the opposite of love. Grace means God moving heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves. Grace means God sending His only Son to descend into hell on the cross so that we guilty ones might be reconciled to God and received into heaven. ‘(God) hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him’” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
When an unbeliever leaves this life the only acceptable responses are grief over the loss, fear over their destiny, and gratitude to God that we have a sure hope.
Anything else is sin and a a clear sign that someone doesn’t understand who they really are or what Christ accomplished for them.
Now may God give me the grace to love those who I scorn because they somehow believe they were inherently better than the departed sinner…