To Die is Gain

There was a recent article in the news reporting on an American missionary who was killed by the Sentinelese People of the Andaman Islands (VICE). According to the article, the tribe is believed to be one of the last pre-Neolithic tribe and has a history of violence towards outsiders. The death another fellow human being is generally disturbing whenever reported upon, but that apparently isn’t the case for this particular event in social media (Facebook | TheSun).

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by the responses based due to the “foolishness of the message preached” (1 Corinthians 1:21-23), and I shouldn’t be surprised that the world hates, ostracizes, insults, scorns, mocks, and persecutes Christians. They hated Him before they hated us. They mocked Him. They scorned Him. They insulted Him. They persecuted Him. They also beat Him and pierced Him. We share in His sufferings and we should rejoice in them (1 Peter 4:12-14, 1 John 3:13, John 15:18-21).

I guess the main thing that got me even writing here (after such a long blogging drought) is the blatant disrespect for the victim and his family. Just such vile hatred in the comments of that thread. Even the article is spun in such a way saying he’s trying to “convert them”. Their hearts truly are darkened and their eyes are veiled to what they perceive as “foolishness” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

I don’t know what I’m trying to say here… It’s not really that I’m “surprised”. It’s not that this type of reaction is new. It’s not like I’m trying to say Christians “know better” as if to mock or ridicule the world in return.

I guess if anything, may this serve as a reminder that He is worthy of our lives. I do appreciate that at least some of the media did cover a bit more on the victim (FOX | CNN | GodReports) and that John’s attitude on the matter was along the lines of Paul in that even in the face of death, he said “to God be the glory”. “To live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21).

I do praise God for His grace and mercy towards us. Just like in 1 Corinthians 6, “such were some of you”. We too were without hope and without God, until He decided to intervene in our lives. He truly is patient towards us and doesn’t want any to perish (2 Peter 3:9). I just pray for His will be done. I know He is building His church, and He will complete His work.

Soften their hearts, Lord. I know it’s not going to be in superiority of wisdom or eloquence of speech or logic or argument, but ultimately upon the Spirit of God doing the work upon them. (1 Corinthians 1:26-31, 1 Corinthians 2:1-5). Our only boast is in You, God. Our only hope is in You. Have mercy and save them, Lord.



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