August 12, 2010

Christopher Hitchens, Cancer & God

It was recently revealed by famed atheist Christopher Hitchens, (author of God is Not Great), that he is dying of cancer.   In a fascinating interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Hitchens discussed his cancer and God.
It saddens me to think that this man, who is a creature made in God’s image, has spent much of his life writing and speaking about the fact that there is no God.   What makes me even sadder is what he had to say about his battle with cancer and prayer:
On the topic of prayer, Hitchens noted that the prayers about his cancer– both the people praying for his health and those who have “lavish websites… praying for me to suffer and die”– are meaningless to him, even “Everyone Pray for Hitchens Day,” which he says has been designated to be the 20th of September. “I don’t think souls or bodies can be changed by incantation– or anything else, by the way.”
This morning I was reading Romans chapters 3 and 4, and I ran across these verses:
3 For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? 4 Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written:
“ That You may be justified in Your words,
And may overcome when You are judged.”
Even if Mr. Hitchens never becomes a Christian, we cannot be arrogant and glory in the “I told you so’s” because we could just as easily be in his place.  We need to remember these sobering thoughts:
9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.
10 As it is written:
“ There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”
We do need to take time to pray that Christopher Hitchens heart will be softened to Jesus, and that he would be saved.  Of course, we can only pray that God would do a mighty work in his life and heart to transform him, if God so wills.  I would encourage you to join with me as we pray not only for the healing of Mr. Hitchens body, but more importantly, the transformation of his soul!

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