Biographies and Obituaries

Robin Williams: The Dark Fall of a Bright Life

Robin Williams 2014The star of two of my favorite movies – Good Will Hunting and Aladdin. Yet, there seems to be no indication anywhere that he was a believer in Jesus Christ. In fact, after searching for a few hours, it seems that most people figure he was probably an atheist. He was a brilliant mind. He knew comedy and delivery better than most people on earth. In his movies, he was warm and personable. But his stand up comedy was very raunchy and often he mocked God and religion. Foul language and extremely graphic skits were typical for his stand up sets. And now with a quiet ending to a very busy life, the vanity of this world rings loud and clear to believers, especially this believer.

I consider a life like his, with that level of talent and brilliance, to be a prime example of the simple truth that God’s grace touches all mankind, if even just for a moment. But greater than this life, is the life to come. Eternity infinitely outweighs this world we live in now, and forever is only a blink away. This life is a snap and it’s over, and we have no excuse to live without hope, love, grace, mercy, compassion, selflessness, and joy. We have no excuse because Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, the Prince of Peace, was slaughtered so that we can taste this world and enjoy the things of this life. But, our ultimate purpose is to glorify God. Our ultimate purpose is to deny ourselves, deny our lusts, deny our flesh, and follow Christ even if it kills us.

As those with faith in the Lord persevere, counting all things as loss, struggling to maintain their first love, moving forward even under persecution and intense tribulations, we can looks around us and see clearly that not everyone is conscious. Not everyone loves God and believes in His Son, yet we are called to witness to them, and to reach the lost and spread the good news of salvation. We don’t have to live that life. We don’t have to pretend that a person dying in unbelief doesn’t hurt us, because the moments we stop telling them the truth are the exact same moments that others are passing. This life is too short!

US President Barack Obama said Robin Williams was a “one of a kind,” and that he “ended up touching every element of the human spirit.” For me, this is one of the most heartbreaking truths of life. That brilliant men and women, and talented and caring people, can live a full life and die without ever embracing Christ and putting their faith in Him and submit to Him alone. It happens every day.

Matthew 7:14 says, “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” We know that everyone is unique in some way. Most people have a tender side and a gentleness at some point, and yet that isn’t salvation. That isn’t faith and that isn’t the path to everlasting life. Jesus said unmistakably, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).

There is no entrance into Heaven apart from Jesus Christ, and not a single human being on the earth is exempt from this. It’s a tragedy to know that people are dying, not just in Hollywood, but all around us who don’t know Christ as their Lord and Savior. There are people all around us who have no genuine grasp on Christ. They don’t have that grasp, because the only way to truly embrace Christ is through faith alone. We are broken in to pieces, and we abandon ourselves, and we are poor in spirit, and we know that we are wrong and hopeless without Him, and when we are convicted like that and reach out to Christ with a true faith that lasts forever, then we are saved. When we commit to Him as our God. That’s when tragic death is avoided. For a believer in Christ, death is not a tragedy, because Christ has graciously given us eternal life through faith in Him.

There is a reason to rejoice and be glad and know this, that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38-39).

We have dead people dying all around us. We are surrounded by death on all sides. There is no way to avoid the fact that we will die, and therefore right now is the time to stop being hardened and stop being deaf and stop being blind, and wake up and listen to the truth and stop wasting life without Christ. Cling to God’s Word only and never think twice about this world’s precepts, because “we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom 8:28). His purpose, not ours. We only have one life, and every second you spend away from Him and without Him as your Master is a second wasted.  A second that has eternal consequences. There is no such thing as a genuine peace and eternal salvation apart from the love of Christ, and faith in His Word.  Change!  Instead of death and hopelessness, cherish Him and never let go.