So many people take their last breath on earth everyday. Many people have been known to have famous last words. Words they said before they left this world to enter into eternity. John Barrymore, father of Drew Barrymore, was on a radio talk show when he said, ""Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him." He collapsed shortly after and died later that day. In light of recent tragedies, I have a question for you. What will your famous last words be?
Neil deGrasse Tyson took some flack on Twitter for a post. He wrote, "In the past 48hrs, the USA horrifically lost 34 people to mass shootings.
On average, across any 48hrs, we also lose…
500 to Medical errors
300 to the Flu
250 to Suicide
200 to Car Accidents
40 to Homicide via Handgun
Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data."
Many people saw this as insensitive to those who had just lost someone in the El Paso and Ohio shootings. Many have said that Neil should "stick to astrophysics". Maybe he should. He apologized on Facebook by saying, "My intent was to offer objectively true information that might help shape conversations and reactions to preventable ways we die."
He was right about one thing, people die everyday. But he was wrong when he said it can preventable. The Bible says, "it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:" Hebrews 9:27
This mission field, where people are hurting and dying without Christ everyday, belongs to the church.
We have taken a backseat and allowed our government to do what the church has always been called to do. Our country has taken steps towards destruction and it's all our fault! Not the world's fault, our (Christians) fault. Let me explain by quoting the parable of the wheat and the tares in Matthew 12:24-30.
"Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”
God owns the field. Jesus Christ sowed good seed into the field. The men that slept are disciples of Christ. The wheat are Christians who came from other disciples. The enemy who sowed tares is Satan. The tares are the evil people who come from him. The servants are the angels. Jesus Christ sowed all the seeds from the fields since the foundation of the world. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved." Ephesians 1:3-6
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he said, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." While we as Christians have been sleeping, the enemy has been planting.
Here is an interesting truth you may not have thought of. Because the men didn't know what seeds had been planted in the field, and they are the ones who were supposed to take care of the field, they watered them all! They watered the seeds sown by their master and they watered the seeds sown by the enemy.
How have we been doing that as Christians? We have been fueling the fire by not watering the seeds with the Word of God. We have not been watering the seeds with our actions, obedience, and teaching. We have been watering the seeds with passiveness and inclusion. We have allowed people like Neil deGrasse Tyson to water the masses with their ideas and we have not been watering our "weed and feed" ideas into the world. We have been asleep!
Stay tuned for part two of this blog on Famous Last Words. Until then, think about what will your famous last words be?