Sunday, March 20, 2005

We're All Terminal

We're all terminal! That was the first thing that came to my mind the minute I heard a news report that said 70% of Californians favor physician assisted "termination" for those who are terminally ill. That poll result and future ones like it will in and of themselves spur on future posts to this blog.

This being my first post however, I wanted to make one simple observation: We're all terminal! In Tombstone, one of my favorite movies, Wyatt Earp is visiting Doc. Holiday in a Colorado sanatorium. As he walks to Doc's bedside Wyatt asks, "So, how are you today?" Holiday's response, "I'm dying, how are you?" "Pretty much the same." quips the retired peace officer. Simple, factual observation by Wyatt, we're all terminal. At some point you will die, as will I.
There is no escaping the fact that we are all terminal. Whether it is Scriptural proclamation, "The wages of sin is death." (Romans 6:23) or practical wisdom, "The only things that are certain are death and taxes" and only one has loopholes; the fact remain, We're all terminal.
This blog, while not serving as the official teaching site for the congregation I serve, will be my personal "Wittenberg Door" upon which I will post those things that intrigue, inspire and irritate me. Among them the Biblical, spiritual, ethical, cultural and political issues of our day; as well as Major League Baseball and movies, especially Tombstone. Of course, the chief issue of inspiration for me is the truth that while we're all terminal, those of us who belong to Christ Jesus, we who have been baptized into HIM (Rom. 3:6), will die in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection unto everlasting life.

We who are terminal and yet have the hope of eternity are called to make a difference in the lives of those who are going to heaven and a dent in the number of those who are going to hell. Hence the name of this blog. We are called to make a difference and a dent until the trumpet sounds for us and by the grace of God in Christ Jesus given us through faith we leave behind the terminal and enter the perpetual. (I Cor. 15:53ff) "For the terminal must cloth itself with the perpetual, and the mortal with immortality. When the terminal has been clothed with the perpetual, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: 'Death has been swallowed up in victory.' 'Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?' The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

A stat I'm none to fond of would be that 70% of Californians favor physician assisted "termination" for those who are terminally ill. A stat I love is that 100% of those infected with the terminal disease called sin will live even though they die, by grace through faith in Christ Jesus the Lord. To Him alone be all the glory.

Rev. Kev
I Thess. 2:12


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