It’s all over the news. Hugh Hefner died. Natural causes. We know how he lived. We know what he stood for. We know what his god was. What we don’t know is if he ever confessed his sins and became a Christ-follower. Oh. It could have happened. On his deathbed, he could have called out to God and asked for forgiveness. He could have asked God to have mercy on his soul.
After all. He was a pimp and a pornographer. That’s what I read this week. His goal was to change the world’s view of pre-marital sex. He accomplished that. Is that even an accomplishment? God is his judge. And he has been judged. Hugh Hefner is in eternity. Right now. Forever. He misguided far too many people down a seemingly attractive fun-filled road. He may be paying for that right now. He may be paying forever.
I’ve read several articles and heard news reports about his life. Some applauded him. He encouraged people to live their dreams. To disobey God’s commands of purity and faithfulness. Why did he do it? Oh, he was raised in a conservative home where values were taught. He felt he had been repressed as a child. He rebelled. He decided to forsake the teaching of his parents.
He was pronounced a stunning success. Progressive. Revolutionary. An architect of the sexual revolution.
The thing is. God loves Hugh Hefner. God created him. He knew Hugh Hefner before he was even born. He even knew what Hugh would do on this earth. He still loved him. He loved Hugh so much that he died for him. He had plans for the man. Plans that never materialized. Not by Hugh Hefner. Perhaps God had to find someone else to achieve what Hugh Hefner would have had he not lusted after sin.
All we can hope now is that God has mercy on Hugh Hefner.
As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be zealous and repent. See! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:19-20
I’ve never started a revolution. I’ve never created an empire. I’m not a pimp or a pornographer. But I have sinned. I think of the times this past week when my attitude was bent way out of shape. I think of how my negativity could start a revolution of sorts. I think of how my frustrations led me to say things I can’t take back.
Too often lately, I find myself leaning toward the negative side of things. I’d like to blame it on the actions and intentions of others. But deep down, I know I can do better. Sure, it’s easy to get frustrated. No one is perfect.
Frustration. Negativity. Annoyance. Bitterness. Aggravation.
Why is that the first place my mind goes? I work for God. I live for God. Why don’t I act like it? Why am I such a failure at this? How does a person stay positive in a negative world?
I can’t help myself. Or can I? Sometimes I think I enjoy being negative. Sometimes I want to lash out. Sometimes I want to get even. If I do, though, then I feel foolish. Immature. Petty. Unchristian. I feel like a failure. Being negative isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Being human is tough. We were made in God’s image. Why is it so hard to be like him? Why do I fail so often? Will l I ever get it right? I hope he sees that I’m trying.
I’m no Hugh Hefner. But I am a sinner. In God’s eyes, sin is sin. Oh. Some may say there are degrees of sins. I don’t know. Some may say there are different levels of hell. I don’t know. What I know is that sin is sin. If I disobey God, then I’ve sinned. The Bible says that everyone has sinned. Everyone has fallen short of God’s plan. You. Me. Hugh Hefner. Any unconfessed sin will send a person to hell.
The thing is. I don’t want to go to hell. I don’t want anyone to go to hell. I have asked God to forgive me. I hope Hugh Hefner did. I hope and pray you do, too.
All I can ask is that God will have mercy on me. and on you.