In 1982, there was a story on the ABC evening news that seems unbelievable but I’ve checked it out and it seems it was true. They reported there was an art display (if you call this “art”) that had a chair affixed to a shotgun. To view this display you were to sit in the chair looking directly into the barrel of the gun. The 12-guage shot gun was loaded. The trigger was set on a timer to fire at some undetermined second within the next 100 years. Unbelievable as it sounds, people stood in long lines and paid money to sit in the chair and stare into that shotgun’s barrel for one minute. They knew it could go off at any moment but they were gambling that it would not happen in their one minute of sitting in that chair.
Can you believe people are crazy enough to take such a gamble? On one level I cannot believe it. On another level we see this happening quite often. People are gambling on something far more significant than being killed by a gun set on a timer. The Bible says that one day – a day God knows – in the future, Jesus Christ is going to return. We also know that if Jesus doesn’t return in our lifetime, there will be a day we die. We don’t know when either of those events will occur.
But some people are living every day gambling that neither of those things will occur that day. They are betting with their eternal souls that they will not have to give an account to God at the end of their lives here on earth. That is a huge gamble. They are living lives in rebellion to God betting that there is no God to answer to OR that if God does exist, He is simply going to look over all of their rebellion against Him.