Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Ken Lay Dead

After facing the judgement of men and the media at 64, Ken Lay suffered a massive coronary and now stands in the presence of the One whose eyes are aflame with fire (Rev 19:12). In mid-June, I spoke with Mr. Lay's pastor, and he spoke confidently of Ken's love for the gospel and trust in Christ for salvation and forgiveness. Indeed, he affirmed that Ken viewed the events of the last years as trying and formative. He indicated that Ken found life and happiness only in Christ, and that the terrible events, including his trial and conviction, were from the Lord for his good and God's glory.

Few know anything of Lay and his simple upbringing. He was born in Tyrone, Mo. and worked with his father at the family general store selling stoves. His father left the store to answer the call to ministry, and Lay delivered newspapers and mowed lawns to make ends meet.

He served the country in the Navy both at the Pentagon and then served as undersecretary for the Department of the Interior before returning to business. After a short tenure at Florida Gas, he moved to Texas to continue his ascent in energy.

In his recent trial, Lay testified, "I’ve not only pursued the American dream, I’ve achieved it. I suppose we could say the last few years, I’ve also achieved the American nightmare."

These are sobering words and deserve close attention. Perhaps we should consider the dreams and hopes we pursue. Even more, we should listen to the life of a man who now knows that every dream ends in the presence of the One who treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. Listen to him say, "Only those who humble themselves at the hem of his blood-soaked robe will find happiness--seek Him; serve Him; cling to Him."

See his personal website (here) and local coverage (here) for more detail.

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