Few people reach the status of being identified by their first name. Ravi was one. He was the Einstein of Christendom. Just knowing he was on our side was always comforting. But he was much more than just a great intellect.
Back in 2004, Ravi kindly loaned his good name to our Basic Training Course, and we once had him speak at one of our conferences. I remember being mesmerized by his brilliance. But it wasn’t just his eloquence that held me spellbound. It was his evident humility. It was the unique closing of his eyes with intensity when making a special point. He had the great ability to take us into a story in living color.
He will be so missed by family, friends, and fans. However, the Internet will keep his ministry alive. God doesn’t stop using us just because of the hiccup of death. Ravi will no doubt continue to delight millions with his wit and wisdom.
And atheists will no doubt, like annoying mosquitoes, leave their biting comments in as many online comment sections as they can find. On the occasion of his death they will not ask why God didn’t heal him of cancer. Rather, they will state that God didn’t heal him because He doesn’t exist—missing the point of why we have a Savior.
We don’t come to Christ for a smooth flight, rather, we come for a safe landing—to be saved from the wrath to come when we face a holy God on Judgment Day. And the fruit of our trust in Him is that we retain peace and joy during the most turbulent of times, even on our deathbed. But in their frenzy to bite and pour in their poison, atheists miss that great truth.
This world is like a small room that is running out of oxygen, and there is only one door out. And it’s a very low door—so low that those who refuse to humble themselves can’t get to the fresh air. Ravi opened the door in his youth, and now he has safely passed through.
Jerry Seinfeld once asked the rhetorical question, “What else in this world is annoying, besides everything?” I agree with that. No matter what the optimist holds up as being wonderful in this life, I can rightly say that death shoots it down and kills it. Solomon, with all his philosophical wisdom, came to that dark conclusion. But in Christ alone, we have the antidote.
Please remember to continue to pray for Ravi’s family. While we may rejoice in his promotion to Headquarters, his loved ones will have a pain in their hearts that will find relief only when God Himself wipes away the tears from their eyes.
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)