This week I watched the reaction of people to death. Two very different lives, both died with many years left to be productive in this world.
Sunday morning a young man (19 years old) was shot to death at a party. It appears the party was fueled by alchohol and drugs and fighting, attended by many underage kids and generally a place where you shouldn’t be. As you community reacted to this senseless death, a picture of a different young man was emerging and being told. Friends spoke of his gentleness and kindness and what a good man he was.
Last night Steve Jobs died. Immediately quotes attributed to him began being retweeted and posted on Facebook and every other social media site. People lauded his vision, his technology, his ability to create. Certainly our world has become a better place techologically because of him.
Here’s the saddest thing about both of these men. Both of them died without accepting Christ as their personal savior – or at least from accounts of persons who knew them. The things we do here on earth are only temporary at best. Our goodness, our kindness, our knowledge, our passions, our abilities to motivate others, our ability to speak or to be silent – all of it pales in the one truth that will ultimately define who we are.
As much as thousands of people will mourn the death of these two men, God is saddened as well. For different reasons.
Don’t let today go by without telling someone you love about Jesus.