I awaken heavy hearted today. Last night, I heard the news that Dr. Myles Munroe and his wife Ruth were killed in a plane crash.
The good, comforting news in this is that they are all in the manifest presence of God. Dr. Munroe was saved and a tireless teacher of the Kingdom of God, so we take solace in the fact we will see him again.
Dr. Munroe had a unique and singular teaching of the Kingdom of God. He did more to awaken the Body of Christ from its self-imposed slumber than most. He had a dynamic pulpit presence but was extremely down-to-earth. He was a teacher without parallel.
Now to deal with the difficult…
First of all, we must pray for Myles Munroe, Jr.,. None of us can begin to process what he is going through at this time.
Secondly, it needs to be clearly articulated that this is not the handiwork of God. The devil’s job is to steal from, kill, and destroy the lives of people (John 10:10); he clearly did a bang-up job in this case. I’m fully persuaded that Dr. Munroe was an island of Kingdom truth in a sea of religious junk. His message was a clear signal from the throne room of heaven, penetrating the noise of religion and tradition. He was a true General of the Faith, leading saints into a realm of thinking and elevated faith that many would not go into of their own volition.
Now, here’s the deal, the enemy seeks to destroy those who are effective, first. Many preachers continue to survive and thrive because they preach messages that are of absolutely no threat to the principality of darkness. Dr. Munroe brought forth the illuminating truth of the Kingdom of God with boldness and power.
Get mad if you want to…
Another consideration is that we do live in a fallen world. And fallen things happen in this fallen world. Because perfection on earth was surrendered to imperfection through sin, we cannot expect perfect outcomes even from the best of people under the best of circumstances. It is said Dr. Munroe’s plane struck a crane on final approach – this is one of those imperfect realities.
Finally, I want to address the religious, the legalists, and the traditionalists. The folks that fall into one or more of these camps suppose that because Dr. Munroe was a heretic in their sight, he got what he deserved. I would like to address this on two fronts – first, because God has poured out the judgment for all humanity on Jesus, He is not sitting in heaven waiting to smite anyone who dare live outside the lines of the law; second, God doesn’t punish people based on what we think of them – God isn’t shallow.
The Bible tells us that all of God’s promises find their “yes” and “amen” in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20). If we are in Christ – and God promises us health/healing, long life, prosperity, and deliverance – then all of His promises are ours. Right now. The Bible also tells us that we must deal with affliction and tribulation. This is one of those cases.
The Body of Christ has lost the presence of one of its great teachers but the legacy of Dr. Myles Munroe will live on in Bahamas Faith Ministries, International, his many books and media, and in the hearts and minds of the millions of people he impacted with his concise teaching of the Kingdom of God. I, for one, am one whom his ministry catalyzed for change; for that, I’m eternally grateful.
See you on the other side of eternity, Dr. Munroe…
© 2014 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)