Dr. Jerry Falwell has fulfilled his mission in this life, and has been called back by the Father.
Our sympathies go to his family, friends and those touched by his work. I disagreed with him on a few matters, but stood with him when it comes to Biblical morality. That will be his lasting legacy, along with Liberty University. He brought Christian morals into the mainstream when it seemed as if America was going the down the same moral mudslide as Europe.
In that respect, Dr. Falwell made some enemies, to say the least. The outpouring of support for Dr. Falwell across the country has been offset by a spontaneous outburst of hate from those who do not like the fact that God has an established moral law, which Dr. Falwell proclaimed widely and with good effect.
As Christians, we know that some will hate us. We know that they will line up to spit on our graves because they hate that which God has proclaimed.
Luk 6:22 “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!
Luk 6:23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
I cannot think of a more fitting epitaph. The hate directed at Dr. Falwell, and by implication God and other Christians are indeed as predicted by this passage. In spite of that kind of hate in life and death, Dr. Falwell persisted. His reward will indeed be great.
Joh 7:7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil.
Joh 7:16 So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.
Joh 7:17 If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.
Joh 7:18 The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory, but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.
The outbursts of hate and vitriol against Dr. Falwell are nothing but projection. Those who publicly trumpet their hatred of him do so not because they hate Falwell, but because they hate God. They hate that he said that there is evil and sin, and that the lives of some are lives of sin. They hate that he preached that the only way out of sin is Jesus. They hate that someone had the gall to point out their sin. They hate that he said that Jesus hates their sin.
What they miss is the rest of the story. They are so blinded by their own sin that they did not hear when he said that Jesus can save them from their sin, because He suffered and died for that sin. Or if they did hear it, they hated that part too. It is easy to see the similarities. Jesus was hated because He told the world about its evils. Those who hated Him did so because they seek to wallow in their own earthly glory.
Those who now hysterically whine about Dr. Falwell would have been throwing stones at Jesus at Calvary. And cheered when He was crucified.
Dr. Falwell acknowledged that he too was a sinner in need of salvation. He did not proclaim himself as above the laws of the God he served. He served humbly and proudly and with great effect. That he was effective can be seen by the amount of spiteful joy now, from those who do not know God.
Enjoy your reward in heaven, Dr. Falwell. And may your legacy of proclaiming the will of God live long and strong in this country.
And if you are one of those who hate Dr. Falwell, please look for the rest of the story. The sovereign grace and love of Jesus is the only thing that can save you from that hate. Seek Him.