Edward M. Kennedy, RIP
no secret that I was not a fan of the late Senator Ted Kennedy. To me
he represented and epitomized the entirely wrong approach to
government. He believed in big government, but I see government as the
primary threat to individual freedom. He wanted to push religion out of
the public square, I feel that religion is the glue that holds a civil
society together. As a Catholic he personally opposed abortion, but as a
Senator he was a strong advocate of all forms of abortion. I believe
in the right to life and that equal protection under the law applies as
much to the unborn as it does to someone who is 90 years of age. He
favored liberal judges who rewrote the US Constitution to fit their
liberal views, I believe in original intent.
aforesaid gives you a pretty good idea of how I disagreed with Senator
Kennedy. Nevertheless, by all accounts he was a personally charming
individual, a man of fierce personal beliefs, hard working, and
inspiring to many, especially his children.
spokesmen have reminded us of his personal shortfalls—Chappaquiddick,
his nearly out of control attacks on Robert Bork, and his lack of
temperament and civil discourse on other occasions.
fact is all individuals, rich or poor, intelligent or simple, liberal
or conservative, have feet of clay. That includes you and me. We’re
all sinners. We’re all mortals.
at times of the death of national figures like Senator Kennedy, like to
talk about someone being in heaven or hell based on how good they
perceive that individual was. At the time of Ronald Reagan’s death, one
lout commented something about Reagan roasting on a spit. Such talk
shows ignorance of the Christian religion to which both Reagan and
Kennedy publicly subscribed.
It seems to
be a general concept that “good” people go to heaven and “bad” people go
to hell. The catch is that there are no “good” people by God’s
standards. As it says in Romans 3:10, “There is no one righteous, not
even one.” What a quandary! In Romans 3:20 it goes on to say,
“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing
the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.” So if
heaven depends on our “goodness,” then you and I and Ted Kennedy and
Ronald Reagan will all fall short. We have a problem.
has created this perfect place called heaven, but if He lets in one
person who is imperfect, then heaven is no longer perfect. But God, in
His unfathomable love, provided a solution which He described clearly
throughout the New Testament, and is summed up perfectly in Ephesians
2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this
not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one
The solution that God provided
doesn’t require anything of us except that we believe in Jesus. That
was God’s plan and Jesus’ message. He said it repeatedly in the New
Testament, and was especially clear in John 14:6, “I am the way and the
truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
our going to heaven doesn’t depend on how good we have been, but only
on our faith in Jesus. That is the rock solid foundation of the
Christian message. It’s what makes Christianity unique among the
world’s religions. It’s the hope upon which Ted Kennedy, Ronald Reagan,
and all the powerful and not-so-powerful people in the world can depend
on for going to God’s heaven.
grace we believe and our sins are washed away. We can enter the
perfect place God has created—heaven. All the stupid, unthoughtful,
unkind, and downright evil things we have done get washed away in the
flood of Jesus’ righteousness. We can’t do anything. God has done
Pro Gloria Dei!