Ricky Gervais took some pointed swipes at the Hollywood crowd recently when he hosted the Golden Globe Awards. Ricky is not a conservative by any stretch of the imagination, but his comments about Hollywood thinking they are smarter than everyone else was refreshing to hear. It was good to remind those who have fame and fortune that their worldview positions are not more worthy than anyone else’s - they are people with an opinion, period.
The people I feel sorry for are those who give them the right to be to be famous rich and famous. We go to their movies and make icons out of their talent to entertain us. How insane is that? They entertain us with imaginary stories put onto film that make the actors and actresses a household name, giving them more importance than God Himself. You know they are worshipped and that becomes apparent when they can get behind a cause or promote an idea … it’s as if the gods have spoken.
Thanks Ricky Gervais, for reminding the Hollywood crowd that they are in the same boat that all of us are in and in the end we all die and Face God. It won’t matter if you are rich and famous or outspoken and powerful, it all will come down to how you did to please God with your life. The two things that God will Judge us on is how did we Honor God and how did we Honor others. How we Honor God is to accept His Provision of Salvation through Jesus Christ. That is how Eternity is determined, period. No matter how good you have been with your resources or how you used your fame and fortune, none of that matters when it comes to gaining access to the Kingdom of God. You Honor God by Honoring His Son Jesus, and you Honor others by how you have treated them.
Americans as a whole are foolish when it comes to acknowledging the fruits of this world but ignoring the Truth of Eternity. You may think I am harsh on depicting Americans as foolish, but I didn’t come up with how that is determined … Jesus did:
Matthew 16:26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?
Jesus said anyone who ignores the Truth of the Gospel for the accolades of praise from this world is a fool:
Proverbs 18:2 Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.
The greatest sin we can commit as a person or as a people is to ignore God. This is what Jesus said is the unpardonable sin:
Mark 3 28Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; 29but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness but is subject to eternal condemnation.
Basically, when you ignore God and His Provision of Salvation through His Son Jesus Christ, you are condemning yourself because of unbelief. You cannot go into Eternity with unbelief in your heart and expect God to Forgive you; at that point you have made a choice to ignore God and have already chosen death as your alternative.
Now that is a fool.
No one can escape the physical death that befalls all of us, but you can escape the Second Death which is the death caused by unbelief:
Revelation 21:8 For the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.
The Provision of The Cross makes it possible for no one to die this Second Death. The Second Death is for people who ignored God and, as stated in this Verse, have lived unbelieving, godless lives.
Here is my dilemma.
1. Why do we ignore the fact we all die? Death is inevitable for everyone and few people prepare for it. Let’s say you have cancer and it is a terminal cancer with no hope of a cure. Then someone tells you about a new procedure that has been getting results. Would you ignore it or try to get the procedure? The same is True about the Gospel. Why risk the Second Death when you have a Provision God made for you to avoid it? What is your hesitancy?
2. What is more important than eternity? If death is inevitable, and Eternity is won or lost based on what you do with God’s Proposition:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
What would prevent you from accepting this offer? What is more important in your life now that would prevent you from losing your own soul?
It doesn’t make sense to me to take a risk like so many people are taking just to hold on to something in this world that is temporary. Nothing in this life is permanent … everything in death is permanent, including the Second Death. Unbelief brings you a permanent death, and for me it makes no sense not to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and escape this Eternity without God.
We are all implicated in this dilemma of life vs. death. The Hollywood crowd with fame and fortune have no answers for it. The political crowd in Washington, DC with all the power of Government has no answers for it. The educated PhD crowd in our universities with all their knowledge has no answers for it. Only the Gospel has the answer for it, and its Message is the greatest theme without question for the human heart. Without The Cross of His Son Jesus, we have no hope for the life we live now, and for the life we will live in Eternity.
Keeping Life Honest and Truthful … Larry Kutzler
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