The Bible says “Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun,” (Ecclesiastes 9:6).
Solomon is in this verse speaking of the dead. While they lived, he states they loved, hated and envied; or were passionate toward something. But when they died their love, hatred and passion died with them and they are no longer involved in anything “under the sun.” After men die, this world is no longer a sphere in which they have any influence. Regardless of what some people think, our loved ones and friends do not come back to earth to interfere, intervene and interrupt, to help or haunt us after they die, “neither have they any more a portion (have nothing to do) for ever in any thing that is done under the sun (on planet earth).” One must choose to either believe God’s Word (KJV) or their imagination on this matter.
There have been men like Hitler, whose love for his race and hatred for other races and passion to destroy or enslave other people brought about WW II. When he died the world breathed a sigh of relief. There have been others who have loved all men and hated all manner of enslavement. Their passion was to spread the Gospel of Christ. When they died the world mourned its loss. But all these, were molded by other men’s ideals. For Hitler it was Darwin and Margaret Sanger (Planned Parenthood), with the Reformers it was the words of Jesus Christ. But all these men sat at the feet of others and had their passion passed on to them. The mantle was passed to them and they became the next one in line responsible for keeping their cause alive. These men got their light and lit their candle from other men’s lanterns and took that light to the world.
Paul did this and told Timothy to do it (2 Timothy 2:2). Regardless of how noble our cause is or how passionate we are about it, it dies with us if we don’t pass it on. A.W. Tozer said, “We do the greatest service to the next generation of Christians by passing on to them undimmed and undiminished that noble concept of God which we received from our Hebrew and Christian fathers of generations past.”
But we today must first revive that noble concept of God in our own hearts before we can pass it on. May God help us!
James H. Cagle lives in Ray City, Ga., and is a former Hamilton County resident.