There was some sad news this morning with the reporting of the death of Christopher Hitchens. Even though Christopher was an atheist I still feel sorrow over his passing. While he was still alive there was hope, hope that our sovereign Lord would open Christopher’s eyes to the truth of the gospel. With his passing that hope has died, nevertheless God is sovereign. As far as we know Christopher died an enemy of God, but God does not rejoice at his passing
“God does not delight in the death of the wicked.”(Ez. 18:23).
In fact, the Bible tells us that God desires that all men be saved and come to know the truth of the gospel (1 Tim. 2:4.) even though we do not fully see the reason why God does not allow some to be saved the Bible makes it clear that there is no wrong doing on God’s part in all this.
“What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it depends not on human will or exertion,but on God, who has mercy.”(Rom. 9:14-16)
As I mentioned in my post “Pearls before Swine” we are wasting our time trying to convince the inconvincible, when we should be spending copious amounts of time in prayer, praying for those who are lost that the Holy Spirit would open their eyes to God’s saving grace. We should be praying that God would lead that person across our path so that we could somehow plant a seed or better still, help lead someone to Christ and his marvelous gift of grace.
Christopher Hitchens spent his life rejecting the gift of salvation and shaking his fist at God and all who believed in him, but it is altogether good and right that we mourn his passing and that we pray for his family and friends. And as Christians it should strengthen our resolve to be a witness everywhere we go and every chance we get, not because “it’s what a good Christian should do” but because of our heart that’s been changed so that we desire, as God does, that all be saved.