From Change-Obey-Endure Project: (Read the whole thing!)
Though the Bible is unambiguous in its proclamation that saving faith in Christ is the only means by which anyone will experience eternity with God (John 14:6;Romans 10:9), many Christians treat it as optional when it comes to the death of the celebrities they revere. This mindset represents a theological duality that was widely expressed by Christians when Prince, who was a Jehovah’s Witness, died several weeks ago, and again in the aftermath of the death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, himself a devout practitioner of Islam.
That both Prince and Muhammad Ali subscribed to worldviews that deny the deity of Jesus, is apparently of no consequence to many Christians today. The only thing that really matters is that they appear to have lived a “good life”, employing their talents, gifts, and resources to bring happiness to countless millions of people all over the world. After all, isn’t that why we’re here – to live a moral life by doing good to one another and treating each other with respect? What in the world does the deity of Jesus have to do with anything? Besides, we are all God’s children, aren’t we?
The author reminds us that without Christ, we have no redemption.
The other important lesson is to feel sadness over the deaths of unbelievers without making their death a teachable moment.
“Yeah. Too bad he’s dead. Especially since he’s in hell!”
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty bad at figuring out who is going to hell, and who isn’t. I don’t gave great insight into the Grace of God, nor do I understand what is in the heart of someone like Muhammed Ali.
Both Prince and Ali put their stamp on the popular culture. I think that Ali had talents outside of the ring which God would have used for good. Thus, he’as a missed opportunity. Many of the rest of us fall into this also. We’re teachers, writers, singers and givers but we fail to volunteer for Christ.