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A Farewell to Hitchens

Andrew Carter —  December 16, 2011 — Leave a comment

Good News! Christopher Hitchens finally believes in God!

Did he repent? Oh my, no. But the cantankerous buzzard is dead now, so like Charles Darwin and Carl Sagan before him and (unless things change soon) Richard Dawkins and Rob Bell to follow him, Hitchens has slipped the surly bonds of life and spat in the face of God.

He probably was just choking on his own disbelief. Hard to know. But the fact remains, a man who dedicated much of his life to scolding and slandering the faithful is receiving his eternal reward. All is right in the universe.

This probably comes off as offensive and glib to many of you. When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy. If atheists are going to be cruel and slanderous to me in their lives, that’s fine. I’ll take the final word and be joyful and truthful in their deaths. I’m not going to write a flowery a eulogy for a man who went so brashly to Hell. There is no rule in Christianity that says we must wait until Judgement Day for all accounts to be settled. When God brings his terrible righteous judgement to bear before the end of the world (read: the death of the wicked), we should be glad that God is vindicating His own truth. The Truth that we as believers cling to. In other words, all of us who have been slandered by this eager apostate have now been vindicated. Not before the whole world–yet–but to Hitchens, himself. This is good news.

Yes, it would have been better for Hitchens if we had been vindicated during his life through a conversion out of atheism and into orthodox Christianity. It certainly was better for me when God opened my eyes to His truth in this life. But ultimately the same justice has been done. Wrongs have been righted. Is that not worthy of celebration?

Did no one reading this find anything worth celebrating when Osama bin Laden died of acute lead poisoning? Or looking back at the deaths of Hitler, Stalin and Mao, all of whom killed millions, is it not good that they now understand fully the depth of their sin and are reaping what they’ve sewn?

Are we so delicate around the matter of Hell that we convince ourselves that those who gladly jump into it rather than bow before God in humility somehow don’t really understand what’s going on when they arrive? Or look back at their life with regret? I firmly believe that while those in Hell hate it and would rather be in Heaven, the nature of their hearts does not change. They still hate God, they just believe in Him now. They hate Him for what he genuinely is, not for the misperceptions they had during life. Anyone who sees God as He truly is and still hates Him deserves eternity in Hell. Obviously, that is every single human being apart from the saving grace of God, but that doesn’t change the fact.

We should be more grateful to the salvation we have, and grateful that God is willing to execute the perfect justice that vindicates us and honors Himself.

Now, full disclosure. Like many of the wicked, Hitchens had admirable traits. He did have a certain intellectual honesty about him. He took stances against the evils of Islam and the Clintons, and even argued that life begins at conception. However, he was still an anti-Christian Marxist pro-choicer. His wit was mighty, and his intellect was keen, and he would not bow before the altar of self-censorship known as Political Correctness. He was malignant and arrogant, as well as fiercely loyal and productive. On one hand, he would have been a great guest at a dinner party. On the other hand, all this was wasted in a life devoid of ultimate purpose. Even at the end, Hitchens wished he could go out fighting a great struggle, or giving his life for some cause, not to wither away from cancer. He lacked ultimate meaning and he knew it. The only cause he served was written about so eloquently by Jonathan Edwards some 300 years ago. “Wicked Men Useful in Their Destruction Only.”

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