Did you watch the TV show “Mash” when it was on, or even now in its re-runs? Even though its setting
was the Korean war, it was funny but clean, so a family could watch it together.
My favorite cast had McClain Stevenson as Colonel Blake, head of the MASH unit, which was intentionally near
the front lines, to treat badly wounded men immediately…enough that the wounded person might live long enough to get
back to the big hospitals for total treatment. Incidentally, “MASH” stood for “Mobile Army Surgical Hospital.”
In one episode, Pierce and Trapper John had pulled an excellent joke on Frank, and Colonel Blake was fit to
be tied, and he came up with a line that said, “You guys out to be put in front of a firing squad for life.”
It was funny, but it put a thought in my mind.
Picture yourself standing in front of a concrete wall, blind-folded, hands tied behind your back, and you
hear a voice saying, “ready…aim…
FIRE!” There’s no time for a reprieve. The rifles are aimed at your heart. I’ve read somewhere
years ago that one of the riflemen is firing blanks, but none of the squad knows which one of them has that load, and so each
can hope that he is not the one who killed the victim.
But nevertheless, the instant is here. What an agonizing moment that must be. And can you imagine spending
a lifetime, awaiting that final moment. Will you hear the shots? Will you live long enough to suffer? What must a mother,
or sweetheart be thinking.
My friend, hell is not going to be over in a moment. It will continue for all who die, refusing to repent
of whatever sins, whether large or small, that he or she has done. And there’s one other thing that is required: To
believe in your heart the Jesus is the Christ, and to begin living as He taught, and is recorded in the Bible.
It’s your choice. Think about it.