Die with a Whimper

May 4, 2006

From today's online International Herald Tribune…

"Judge Brinkema rejected Moussaoui's boast that the life sentence was a victory over a government that wanted to execute him.

"Every person will leave this courtroom, will go out and feel the sun, breathe fresh air and hear the birds," the judge said. "But you, when you go, you go to spend the rest of your life in prison."

"It was my choice," Moussaoui interjected.

"It was not your choice," the judge shot back. "You came here to be a martyr," she went on. Then, paraphrasing the poet T.S. Eliot, she said, "But you will die with a whimper."

I find it interesting Moussaoui seeked martyrdom and was denied it.  For those of us with life, true life in Christ, shouldn't we live it out with a scream, a scream for the King and the Gospel that saved us.  To have the Gospel and die with it as the whimper of our lips and lives would be the biggest tragedy.

Wow, I feel so small typing that.  May God forgive my apathy and desire for stuff.


One comment

  1. I was just flipping through Foxe’s Book of Martyrs last night, reading about John Huss being led to the stake where he was burned alive.

    Then there are guys like John Bunyan, who turn exile or imprisonment into an incubator for lasting impact for Christ.

    Going back further… Paul was beheaded; Peter was crucified upside-down. John died in exile. No whimpering death for him, though…

    Wouldn’t it be fantastic if God put off Moussaoui’s death so that his life could become a testimony to the gospel’s power to change lives?

    In his sovereignty, God chooses those who will glorify him with their lives and those who will glorify him with their deaths. “To live is Christ, and to die is gain!”

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