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The brevity of a long life

By Elizabeth Prata

Saturday morning on Twitter, Dan Phillips, author of The World Tilting Gospel and God’s Wisdom in Proverbs tweeted of the news of 90-year-old Sean Connery’s death,

Ohhh, no. Saddened. Don’t really know what to say. SUCH an iconic, one-of-a-kind actor. Loved his work since I was a kid. I wish he’d ever shown a glimmer of understanding of the Gospel, let alone faith in Christ. Did he even know a genuine Christian? Celebrity isolates badly.


When a famous person dies that’s always the first thing I think of. Did he or she know Christ? When life ends, that is the only question that matters. It is the only question that matters during life, but unsaved people are too blind to ask it. That’s why I liked the second part of Mr Phillips’ comment. Did Sean Connery ever know any Christians or hear the Gospel even once from a Christian?

In the Christian life, it’s hard to remember what it’s like outside of it. I was saved at age 43. I lived in New England, the most godless region of the country. I never heard the Gospel. I never knew any churchgoers. I never saw a Bible. If I tuned my radio and a preacher was on I’d quickly slide right over it. It’s easy to go four decades and not know about Christ. Our sin blinds us thoroughly.

It was only when I was nearing the appointed date for my heavenly court case to be presented before the Judge for justification that I began bumping into Christians, heard the Gospel, and got a Bible.

The eternal question, “Did he know Christ?” is a haunting one for those left behind in the person’s life and for those observers like myself (if the person was famous). It’s the only question that matters.

Sean Connery was 90 years old when he died. People remark when people die at that age, that “He lived a long and full life.” Ninety years old is a ripe old age. However, it’s brief. It is a shockingly short amount of time on earth, in the face of an eternity in heaven or in hell.

Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. For you are just a vapor that appears for a little while, and then vanishes away. (James 4:14)

Let’s be salt and light as much as possible.

But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated to them. And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20).


Christian writer and Georgia teacher's aide who loves Jesus, a quiet life, art, beauty, and children.