John F. Kennedy C.S. Lewis
Yesterday, November 22nd, marked the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. This event was unexpected and came as quite a surprise to the whole nation. Kennedy was successful, he was young, good looking, he had a wife and small children, and on top of that, he was the President of the United States. His assassination was something no one would have ever imagined happening to this type of man.
I was reading the Daily Bread Devotional this morning and it mentioned how not only is November 22nd the anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination, but it is also the day that C.S. Lewis died. On November 22, 1963, the same day Kennedy was shot the well-known author and Christian, collapsed in his bedroom and died minutes later.
C.S. Lewis was raised in a church-going family, however at the age of 15 he developed an atheist view. He later characterized himself as being, “very angry with God for not existing”. After befriending other Christian author, J.R.R. Tolkien (author of Lord of the Rings) in 1926, Lewis converted to Christianity in 1931 after engaging in a deep, and long conversation with Tolkien. He is known for writing the novel The Chronicles of Narnia, and other books like Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters. John F. Kennedy, on the other hand was raised Catholic and is still considered being a Roman Catholic. The differences between these men is not only their roles in life, but also their spiritual lives were different.
As Christians, it is not our place to judge who goes to Heaven and who goes to Hell, but we can still guess by their lives and what they stood for and what they did. I wanted to take a moment to write that it is interesting that on the same day, two different men with different backgrounds, both died. And, it is safe to say that they both are spending eternity in different places. John F. Kennedy was a successful man, but C.S. Lewis was a successful Christian.
John F. Kennedy acted upon what he thought was good for the American people, but C.S. Lewis did good things for the glory of God. Neither man was perfect, however only one is famously quoted among Christians. C.S. Lewis died and went to Heaven because of his conversion in 1931. He not only converted to Christianity, but he also lived the Christian life. John F. Kennedy died and it is safe to say he is spending eternity in Hell. He may have done some good things as President, but God does not look at the “good” we do on earth. He looks at the heart; and the heart should obey God’s commandments for God’s glory, not man’s. There is also no evidence that Kennedy made that heart change.
These were two different men, with two different fates. As we look at both of their lives, we can see the differences. Therefore, it is safe to say that they are both spending eternity in different places. Lewis is living in paradise, while Kennedy is living in torment. My question for you is, where do you want to go when you die? Have you made that heart and life change to follow God and live by his commandments? I hope so, because I have and I can honestly tell you from my experience in watching other people, you will see the difference! 🙂