You never know what is going on in a person's heart. And no matter how depraved someone might appear, God loves them so much and wants them to know Him and be forgiven.
That is the truth that "The Case for Christ" author, Lee Strobel, obviously understood. Just following Hugh Hefner's death at 91 on Wednesday, Strobel revealed on Twitter that he had the opportunity to share the gospel with the famous Playboy founder.
People were very gracious in their comments to Strobel's tweet, sharing their best wishes for Hefner.
Strobel understands well what it feels like to be far from God. He was once such a staunch atheist that as a highly intellectual journalist, he set out to disprove the resurrection. His wife had recently converted to Christianity, and he just couldn't stand it. But during his thorough investigation, Strobel came to see that Jesus really did die and rise again. His subsequent faith is the source of his best selling book, recently made into an incredible movie.
Sadly, it was a staunch religious upbringing that Hefner blames on his total rebellion. Fox News shares that Hefner said, "Part of the reason that I am who I am is my Puritan roots run deep. My folks are Puritan. My folks are prohibitionists. There was no drinking in my home. No discussion of sex. And I think I saw the hurtful and hypocritical side of that from very early on."
One of Hefner's children sees his father's legacy as dramatically changing America's sexual views. "My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom," Cooper Hefner, chief creative officer at Playboy Enterprises, said in a statement.
We can never truly know what was going on in Hefner's heart before he died. But sadly, his legacy will always be one of promoting sex outside of marriage, a course that has brought so much pain to American families.
What do you think of Strobel's revelation that he got to share with Hefner about Jesus? Share your thoughts in the comments! Franklin Graham recently made a very strong statement about Hefner's eternal destination.