Over the weekend a local well-known radio personality suddenly died of an enlarged heart and blocked blood vessels. His name was David “Kidd” Kraddick.
I had heard of “Kidd” before, but never actually listened to him. From all the things said about him, he was a great guy. He was very compassionate and did his job well.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on his passing and his many accomplishments during his brief 53-years stint on earth. My only comment at the time was I hoped that he was a Christian.
Now to some that may not be that big of a deal. All they want to do is talk about how great of a person he was and leave it at that. And I suppose that is fine, but to me that kind of sentiment only serves to marginalize the person.
Others took the ol’ “He was a Catholic,” therefore he must have been a Christian course of rebuttal. Such an understanding of Christianity is so shallow that not only does it insult what Jesus came to earth to die for, it almost assures that Kraddick himself is in hell today.
But, then again, we live in a spiritually shallow society. Lots of people make all kinds of spiritual claims, but when queried about them, they usually resort to nothing more than mindless babbling or worn-out cliches.
When one turns to those claiming to be Christians, again, the walk often reflects a shallow testimony. In fact, much of the testimony runs directly contrary to what Christ taught. So, they are Christian in name, but are practical atheists otherwise.
Whether or not Kidd Kraddick was a nice guy, a good guy, a wonderful guy, or whatever is irrelevant today. Being a Christian is all that matters.
For if he was not a Christian, born by the Spirit of God, then all of those wonderful deeds that he did will amount to nothing in the grand scheme of things, as he suffers, as an unrepentant sinner, forever, and ever, and ever throughout eternity, separated from God, family, and friends.
So, I hope that he was a Christian. Only God knows for sure. His sudden passing should cause those who knew him to not only remember the good things about him, but to also reflect on just how frail and brief life can be.
The Bible says, it is appointed for men once to die and after this comes judgment. And as many times as I’ve heard that so-and-so died much too young, since God is in control of the appointments, when a person dies, they are right on schedule.
Therefore, Kidd Kraddick’s death, while seemingly untimely, was perfect in its timing otherwise. It should also cause everyone to honestly ponder the question: “If I were to die today, where would I spend eternity?”
If one cannot come back with something better than “I’m not sure,” or “It doesn’t matter,” or something else equally tenuous or unsure, then maybe it is time for a chat.
Because once one leaves this earth in death, there is no turning back and there are no second opportunities, no mulligans, or do-overs.
Eternity in hell is an awful long time to regret not having taken care of the matter while one had the opportunity now to do so.
Here’s is your opportunity. What is your answer?