Carrie Fisher, 1956-2016

We are sad that Carrie Fisher died.  It IS sad whenever someone dies, especially for those of us who will miss her.  We fans will miss her, but not as much as her family and friends.   My thoughts are with her family and I have been praying for them for the past week and will continue to do so.

That being said, there’s a whole lot of nonsense flowing around Facebook, Twitter, and the internet in general about how she is now “one with the Force” and people saying “May the Force be with her.”  I’ve even seen Christian friends posting stuff like that, which bothers me, because they know better.  “The Force” is a fictional concept which has no basis in reality and should not be used when speaking seriously about the real death of a human being.  If I were one of her family and friends I would be insulted if someone came up to me and said, “She’s with the Force.”

Let’s get one thing straight:  it doesn’t matter that she was part of one of the most successful film franchises ever.  It doesn’t matter that she was famous.  It doesn’t matter that she was loved and adored by millions of fans.

At the moment of her death, only one thing mattered:  did she trust in Christ as Savior while she was alive?  If she did, then she is rejoicing in heaven with the Lord, the angels, and all the other saved people who have died.    If she did not, then she is suffering in hell for eternity.   Those are the only two options.

Am I being cruel or unkind by pointing this out?  I don’t think so.  If your dad died of lung cancer from heavy smoking would I be cruel to encourage you to avoid smoking?  No.  Even though the time has passed for Carrie Fisher to make her decision (whatever she decided: her destination is set in stone), it is not too late for you.  When you die, will you want to spend eternity with God or an eternity of suffering?  Your choice.  And every day just over 151,000 peoples’ choice is solidified for all eternity.

CS Lewis said “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened.”

So while we mourn the passing of Carrie Fisher, Alan Rickman, and so many others this year, remember that every single one of us will die, and nothing we do on earth will matter more than our relationship (or lack thereof) with Jesus Christ.

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About Steve Picray

I am the current pastor of the Rapids Street Baptist Church in Adel, Iowa. Every day I commit my life to Jesus Christ. I am also a registered nurse working to support my ministry and my wife and three kids. I am a conservative Baptist. This blog is my view on life. My prayer is that, by reading what I write, you will learn more about me, more about God, and be assisted in becoming the person God means for you to be. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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