Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That (A Place Called Hell)
RUNNING FOR YOUR LIFE
One of the funniest videos or sound bites in cyber world is the video by the now infamous “Sweet brown”. The video has captivated the attention of the nation. She is describing her escape from an apartment fire. Her famous line is, “I got bronchitis, ain’t nobody got time for that”. Fire is not an attractive thing because of the damage it can cause. The mission of Jesus on earth was to provide an evacuation route for all those who are willing to run even without any shoes towards the provision. Sweet Brown lived to tell her story, but will you?
THE REALITY OF HELL
Some people including modern day “talking heads” like Oprah, Dr. Phil, and even the Osteens in the pulpit vehemently oppose the idea that a place like hell can exist. The Universalist opinion these “fools” subscribe to proclaims that all men will be saved because a loving God can never send people to a place as terrible as hell. They are right on the terrible part. The Bible describes hell as a furnace of fire with weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:50). The popular notion is that everyone who dies goes to a better place. I have never heard a person at a funeral say that we are sorry that this person laying here is on their way to hell. The “proper” or comforting thing to say is God bless their soul or R.I.P!
RIP, BUT HOW AND WHERE?
The Bible clearly defines hell as a place of torment and suffering that was designed for Satan and his demons (Matthew. 25:41; Revelation 20:10). Someone who rejected Christ while alive, can never be lied to in death that they are going to rest in peace. John 3:16 gives two options. Option one is belief in the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior with the reward being eternal life. The other option is rejection of Him with the finality being death. To have peace requires that one make peace with God while alive. A tattoo with the letters R.I.P. or a T-shirt with the person’s image and the “line in memory of” means absolutely nothing if that person openly rejected Christ. Scripture states, that everyone who is living has a non-cancellation rendezvous with death and the eventual judgment of God (Hebrews 9:27).
DON’T BE FOOLED
The Bible teaches that God cannot be mocked. Whatever a man sows, he will reap. (Galatians 6:7). The principle of sowing and reaping is one that everyone understands. You put a seed in the ground and with proper care overtime it grows. The result of the proper nurture is that the planter will reap a harvest. In the spiritual sense, you also reap whatever is sown. Someone who chooses to sow things pertaining to this world, can not reap a harvest that is blessed by God (eternity). The safest way to avoid this place is to place your uncompromised trust in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. If you died today, would R.I.P be a reality or just a wishful thought?