Today is a day of solemn remembrance of a Christian figure whose life bore the likeness of our Master Jesus Christ. Ravi Zacharias was a Christian apologist who defended the Christian Faith. My own memory of him dates back to some twenty years ago. At First Alliance Church in Scarborough (which happened to be his home church when in Toronto), he spoke and shared on God and evil and suffering. He shared his own testimony from being a seventeen year old atheist to being a minister of the gospel of our Lord. My wife Christina and I, read his book Deliver Us From Evil. It was our first book we read together. Ravi’s ministry RZIM is a resourceful outlet to learn more about the Christian Faith. For those of us who heard Ravi, who could not enjoy a quote from G.K. Chesterton or C.S. Lewis or F.W. Boreham. Ravi’s radio show had a witty title, Let My People Think; helping the thinker believe and the believer think. Whether it was Sunday mornings going to church or hearing A Slice of Infinity broadcasts or another book, I knew Ravi through these various modes of communication. As a supporter of his ministry, I found it a joy to hear a man who shared the faith wisely, articulately and passionately.
One day at a Petro gas station late at night, I was getting gas when I noticed a familiar face, it was Ravi. I went up to him with the admiration that I hold for him. I appreciated his ministerial endeavours and had what was a 7-10 minute chat at a gas pump. He was actually easing the nozzle so he wouldn’t be done as fast. He took time to get to know me. Such was a memory of a gracious man who lived the gospel message out.
Ravi was a mentor through his writings and preaching for me. I am thankful for the faithful witness of his life. He will be remembered by me as someone who cared about people knowing Christ. He embodied 1 Peter 3:15: …but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.
Go on his ministry site rzim.org and enjoy learning, growing and being blessed by a man whom God used for 48 years.
Ravi will be missed. Do remember to pray for his wife Margie and three children (now adult; Sarah, Nathan and Naomi) as they grieve the loss of a husband and father. Now Ravi goes into the great cloud of witnesses who cheer us on to faithfulness, sanctification, and wisdom worthy of our Lord Jesus Christ. On to his reward, Ravi is with Jesus Christ, a place we all esteem to be one day. Let’s go forward saints, in Jesus name! Shalom.