Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
Ronald Wilson Reagan
Our 40th president, Ronald Reagan, was hailed at a
state funeral Friday (11 June 2004) as a kind and modest soul who saw the best in America and
a "great liberator" who helped to defeat communism. "Our 40th president wore his title
lightly, and it fit like a white Stetson," said President Bush, offering a nod to Reagan's
self-made image as an American cowboy1.
"Ronald Wilson Reagan wielded the broom that swept
the Soviet Union--that most evil empire in history--into the ash heap of history.
And he did it without firing a shot. The collapse of Soviet rule and the breakup of an
empire responsible for the death of more than 100 million people took place
because of his courage and vision.
"The news this week of President Ronald Reagan's
passing has given me the opportunity to reflect on an encounter I had with this
great man during the 1980 presidential campaign. It was early in 1980, and
I joined a handful of other Christian ministers who were invited to come and
speak with the then ex-governor and ask him questions. This was a private
meeting--not a public forum. Many questions were asked. When my turn came, I
said, 'Governor, I would like to ask you a very important spiritual
question.' I asked Governor Reagan: 'If you were to die and stand before
God and He were to say to you, 'Why should I let you into My Heaven?' what would you
say?' It was as if I had punched him in the solar plexus! Reagan
doubled over, put his head down between his knees and stayed there for about 45
seconds. Now, that is quite a long time, especially since up until that
point we had been involved in a rather lively question and answer session.
Slowly, Reagan sat back up straight and said, in somber tones, words which I shall
never forget2: 'I don't deserve to go to
Heaven. The only thing that I could say would be, For God so loved the world, that
He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.'
"My friend, Ronald Reagan was a great man. A man
of incredible vision for America as a 'shining city on a hill.' A man who turned
the course of our nation. A man who stared down the 'evil empire' and is rightfully
credited for winning the Cold War. A man who stood by the unborn and upheld
religious freedom. Most important of all, Ronald Reagan was a man who had
a personal and abiding faith in Jesus Christ. As his son, Michael Reagan,
said shortly after his father's passing: 'I am secure in the knowledge that he is
with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in heaven. The greatest gift my father
ever gave me was the simple knowledge that I would see him in heaven one
"Historian David Barton has noted that in years
gone by, as public leaders neared their time of death, even the press watched
closely with great interest to see how that leader faced death. Were there any parting
words? In essence, the world watched to see if those who professed their faith in
life would profess their faith in death.
Memorable momment of Death: Reports from the Reagan family of
President Reagan's final moments reveal a man who died in his faith. Although
Alzheimer's disease had sapped his ability to speak, and he had not opened his
eyes for several days, President Reagan offered to his wife, Nancy, what she would call
'the greatest gift he could have given me.' According to daughter Patti
Davis: 'At that last moment when his breathing told us this was it, he
opened his eyes and looked straight at my mother. Eyes that had not opened for days
did, and they weren't chalky or vague. They were clear and blue and full of life.
If a death can be lovely, his was'. Michael Reagan said, 'His last earthly look
was at his wife; his next look was at the face of God.'"
CNN website 11 June 2004.
D. James Kennedy, Ph. D., e-mail to David Coulter
& Jim James 9 June 2004.
An outstanding book by Bill O'Rielly, Killing Reagan; a book by Paul Kengor, God and Ronald
***give me your comments about this
(posted 11 June 2004; slight update, 25 September 2015)
You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
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