Over at the Gospel Coalition, Joe Carter explains what two radically different men share:

There is no sinner so depraved—-not even Kim Jong-il—-that our merciful God cannot save him. And there is no human so righteous—-not even Vaclav Havel—-whose good works can gain him entrance into heaven. By his death and resurrection, Jesus atoned for our sin and secured our justification by grace—-not by our works. The deaths of these men should serve as a reminder of our need to spread the message that heaven is not the final destination for good men and women, but rather the home for those who have been bought by the blood of Christ.

Men will not be judged—-not finally—-by History, or Progress, or the community of nations, but rather by He who created them.

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