|Rev. Jason S. Erico (January 13, 1969-July 20, 2014 )|
|Rev. Jason Erico and his wife Melita|
I have known the Ericos since 1999; and they became great friends. For the last 14 years, I have come to love them and fully admire their commitment and dedication to the ministry. I have preached in the churches they planted countless times since year 2000. Jason, not only a soul-winner but a good preacher and good pastor. He had introduced Jesus to many and had touched many lives despite his short span of ministry.
Today, I am mourning this great loss to the body of Christ in the Cordillera region! I have no problem with his passing, my only question is why he'd gone home too soon. There are many older people who could have died instead of him; not that I wish for their death. Why him, and not the godless and notorious criminal? I don't have the answer. This finite mind think that for Jason to die at age 45 is too soon when church is growing and many people are coming to the Lord. How can one intelligently say that his ministry or missions in this life is over when there could have been another 25 years left for him? No one can intelligently and satisfactorily answer this question.
To comfort ourselves, we, Christians often say, "God is in control", as if we are saying that God allows the early or tragic death of someone. If God is in control, He could have easily prevented the early and tragic death of those who died young. Another popular phrase we use to ease our grief or comfort those who are mourning is, "Well, he is now in heaven, at the bosom of the Father." Then we sing songs how glorious heaven and how joyful eternity would be. After all, life is a temporary assignment and death is the key that unlocks the door to eternity. If life is temporary, why waste it?