“If a man die, shall he live again?”— a Tribute to Ross Kecseg
We are saddened to learn of the death of Ross Kecseg; husband, father, and great American patriot.
The world of politics combined with social media is an especially toxic environment. Endless scrolling of an ever increasing contentious debate in what is becoming more and more clear a spiritual war, an extension of the War in Heaven. Though the debate over tax rates, spending on this project or that project, or the debate on a cosmic racial justice proposal seem important to us, moments of clarity arrive for us all at certain points in life and teach us about what really matters.
Jesus Christ said:
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Ross was doing the work that put him right in the line of fire of evil. He confronted the powerful, exposed corruption, and championed the downtrodden and abused middle class. Those who knew Ross are now confronted with both grief and those inevitable questions: Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where do we go after we leave this life?
The Apostle Paul told the Athenians on Mars’ Hill that “we are the offspring of God.” We come into this life with the primary purpose to be tested, to see if we will choose good over evil and obey the word of God.
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
– William Wordsworth
By obedience to God’s commandments, we can qualify for that “house” spoken of by Jesus Christ when He declared: “In my Father’s house are many mansions. … I go to prepare a place for you … that where I am, there ye may be also.”
We never know how much time we have left. But we can take a moment to reflect, to celebrate the life of Ross Kecseg, and ask the question asked by Job so long ago, “If a man die, shall he live again?” And we can take comfort in knowing we have been given the answer.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kesecg family tonight.