…you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:14).
Yesterday, an unconfirmed number of people lost their lives in a tragic, gory road accident on the Pokuase-Nsawam road. This is a road I use every day — Monday-Sunday. This morning in our family devotion we prayed for comfort for the bereaved families and also prayed that through this, those who, among the bereaved families, don’t know Christ will come to faith in Him. I also reminded my family none of us is guaranteed life any day and we must always be prepared; each one of us will die one day. When, we don’t know, but death is a certain reality of life: “it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
Obviously not everyone will die by gory road accidents. Some will go by sickness; others will not wake up from their sleep. There are many ways people depart this life but the certainty is that every one of us will depart. Now, I doubt if anyone wishes to die in a fatal accident, but, what I am yet to come to terms with as a Christian is when fellow Christians tend to think they are exempted from such disasters and plead all kinds of ‘indemnity’.
Yesterday, I heard a phrase for the first time: ‘covenantal exemption‘. That supposedly means those who ply that road and are Christians and say amen to a ‘covenantal exemption‘ will not encounter any accident in their commuting. As well-meaning as this may sound, it is preposterous. Does this by any means mean by professing Christianity, or saying amen to some words, we get exempted from life’s trials and disasters which all are partakers of? Christians do die from disasters, don’t they?
Christianity gives us hope in all situations, even in death, but it doesn’t promise us indemnity in any shape or form in this life. Incidents like this should always lead us to a sober reflection of our lives and not to a false sense of security:
All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls (1Peter 1:24).