It is all over the news that the wicked leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro, is dead. Many are rejoicing today. For many reasons, it is understandable. The question that resounds in my mind is, “How can we rejoice over a soul that is most likely in hell?” Some of you may be thinking, “Matthew, how can you judge the eternal state of Fidel Castro?” I don’t judge, but I do base this on the scriptural truth that those who reject Jesus Christ’s plan of salvation automatically choose an eternity separated from God.
The big question is, “How can we rejoice over justice prevailing yet balance that with mourning over a person’s soul?” That should be the question at hand. The emphasis on rejoicing has given Christians the reputation for being haters. Jesus said in John 13:34 that our love for one another will be the true indication of being Christ’s disciple.
My challenge today would be to pray for those who are evil. Even if they die in their wickedness, you can lay your head down at night knowing you have done what God wants you to do. “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:44-48 NKJV).