Christopher Hitchens is a brilliant atheist. I’ve heard him on the radio – primarily the Hugh Hewett program – and the man is simply brilliant. With the blindingly obvious exception he is atheist. He not only doesn’t believe in gods or God, Mr. Hitchens denies the existence of such a being.
Now, he’s dying. Some form of cancer, I believe. At any rate, he has a malady that is – according to the doctors (whoever they may be) – terminal and incurable. Not like this is something strange, everyone dies. I plan on it myself. Preferably not for a couple of years yet, but I have no doubt I’m going to die someday. However, it seems Mr. Hitchens has a tentative date for his death. Most of us don’t.
Mr. Hitchens is a bit offended that Christians think he should now turn from his long held beliefs and embrace God. He seems to think – and perhaps correctly – some think his oncoming death will scare him into some action towards God. I have to agree with him on that point – the silly idea God ‘scares’ anyone into belief. But I think Mr. Hitchens misses the point.
I – as a Christian – do not want to have Mr. Hitchens spend eternity in Hell. I’m pretty sure all the other Christians who are aware of the matter feel as I do. That Mr. Hitchens denies the existence thereof is not of any particular moment to me; I know there’s Hell for Satan and his followers and for all those who deny God and Jesus Christ. I’m not sure all about Hell, but I am past certain it is not pleasant and no one – no one – will like being there. Including Mr. Hitchens.
To that end, I am praying Mr. Hitchens will live past this medical problem of his. I want him to live longer and stay competent and active and brilliant. I am praying he will live long enough to meet God prior to the final judgment. I ask for all other Christians to join me in this. Christopher Hitchens without doubt needs intercessory prayer. Whether he likes it or not.