Careless Man and His Eternal Judgment

November 1, 2016

Just today I was driving in a small Asian town (of 1 million!) and was completely disturbed by some dangerous drivers. Some on motorcycles weaved in and out of traffic with no thought of an accident.  Another man, driving a pick up truck on the highway, suddenly whizzed passed my driver’s door going 80 kilometers an hour, driving dangerously on the yellow stripped median between the freeway lanes. If I had changed lanes, I would have been rear ended and likely killed.  If any of the cars or trucks, coming in the opposite direction, had veered fractions to their right, there would have been a head on collision, maybe killing several drivers in the process.

I keep asking myself as I drive this question: Why do so many people live on the edge of death and take no thought of the eternal judgment that follows?   For the writer of Hebrews reminds us we all will face our final reckoning with our Creator after our death:  “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Heb. 9:27).    My heart burned in anger at the foolishness of this reckless driver, endangering not only my life, but many others as well.  Where are the police when you need them?!  But upon reflection after getting home, I could not help but think of the carelessness of so many people in this world regarding their lives.  They live on the edge of death without ever giving it one thought.  In a split second their life could be taken and they will face their Creator.  Almost all are Buddhists and surely will face the Great White Throne with no hope at all.   Yet this indifference to death and final judgment is seen in Westerners too.  I visited the other day with a Westerner who thought nothing much of what happens after death.  He just thought all religions have good virtues but there is no after life.  Well, good luck when you face your Creator!   May God use us to wake up a sleeping world to the reality of their death and the final judgment that follows.