A Romanian court has ruled that a 63 year old man is dead, even though he argued in person that he is still very much alive. Constantin Relin was declared dead in 2016 at his wife’s request, since she hadn’t heard from him since he moved to Turkey to seek a job in 2002. When he returned to Romania this year, Relin discovered he was listed as dead. He took his case to court, but judges refused to nullify his death certificate, saying he’d taken too long to appeal it. “I am officially dead,” said a bemused Relin, “although I’m alive.”
This story presents several challenges to us. First is the challenge to every husband to inform his wife if he is going to leave for Turkey seeking employment, especially if he will be gone for 16 years! She might plan a funeral! The bigger challenge, however, is to believers to live their lives as dead to this world, but alive in Christ. Paul set the bar pretty high when he said in Galatians 2:20, “ ‘I’ ” have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” What says the world’s court as it examines the evidence against us? Are we guilty as charged and dead to the enchantment of this fallen world? Or…?