Kortney Blythe Gordon: Short Life, Timeless Impact

The measure of a life is not its length but its impact.  Kortney Blythe Gordon made a timeless impact in her 28 years here on earth.  In fact, she did more in 28 years than most people even think about in 80.  Kortney was a fearless Christian and abortion abolitionist who saved souls and thousands of babies from abortion and their mothers from regret.  She and her unborn child, Sophy, died when their car was struck by another car on October 8.

The outpouring of support from the Christian and pro-life communities has been overwhelming.  God’s grace is evident in the lives of those who loved her.  That’s why, despite their grief, her father Larry (a close friend and member of the CrossExamined team), husband Ben, and Uncle Don sat down with me only four days after the tragedy to tell story after story of how Kortney impacted everyone with her unique ability to blend uncompromising truth with inviting grace.  (She was so good at what she did that she even became a mentor to her Uncle who originally got her into pro-life ministry!)  You can listen to their inspiring reflections about Kortney, and what she would want us to do now, on the October 15 CrossExamined radio program podcasted here.

Here is Kortney in 2009 speaking truth to power (Michelle Obama attended this event).  

One question that we are all thinking: Why would God allow something like this to happen to someone sold out for Him? 

Here are few thoughts.

1.  We know that we live in a fallen world where evil exists and no one is guaranteed 80 healthy years (in fact, contrary to what you hear on most “Christian” TV, Christians are called to suffer like our Savior).

2.  We know that God rights all things in the end, and that this is made possible by His own perfect sacrifice on the cross.

3.  While we don’t know the specific reason why this event occurred, we know why we don’t know— we are are finite and God is infinite. We see a small part of the picture from our limited time-bound perspective, but God sees it all. God knows how this tragedy will be used to bring about good at some point in time and certainly in eternity.  In fact, how you and I respond to this tragedy may be some of the good He will accomplish.

To learn more about Kortney and her organization go to http://www.studentsforlife.org/.

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  1. Charles says:

    As a river flows it nourishes all the land it encounters; it is not focused on the obstructions or obstacles as it wraps around the obstacle and compels the obstructions to follow with its current; forever flowing to its source from its source ~ He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. – John 7:38

    I was inspired to write this by something I read by Oswald Chambers; It reminds me that life, real life, never ends…

    Darrell Scot, Father of Rachael Scot who was gunned down at Columbine High School, gave a very impressive speech about this very subject. It is a tragedy in our world; but for a Soldier of Faith it is to G-D’s Glory; for the Christian is an anomoly because our addition is subtraction.

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  2. Toby R says:

    Many condolences.

    “God knows how this tragedy will be used to bring about good at some point in time and certainly in eternity. In fact, how you and I respond to this tragedy may be some of the good He will accomplish.”

    This caught my eye. It made me wonder how individual events, good or bad, can have any impact on eternity. It would seem that an event that happens in an infinite amount of time becomes diluted, overtaken, loses impact, and is ultimately lost. For instance take the idea of heaven—forever existence that happens in the someplace that is heaven. With all of eternity as a reward how does the finite nature of life and this universe have any meaning at all? Is heaven an infinity where its inhabitants are obsessed with this finite amount of time? Does infinity hinge on the finite?

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  3. Dawn Michelle says:

    Toby R.
    The bible says “what the devil means for evil, God can use for good” While God did not do this himself, he is still able to accomplish good from it. For example if this story touches someone and it leads them eventually to salvation , then of course one would recognize the eternal good this would bring. A soul is in heaven that otherwise would not have been. I think this is the infinite part they were refering to. God sees the big picture.

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  4. Ryan Frazier says:

    Eternity is not infinite time, it is no time at all.

    Jesus told us to lay up treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and thieves do not break in a steal. These treasures (not gold and silver) are obtained through are works in this world. Kortney certainly has laid up her eternal treasure

    Our choices, specifically whether to follow Christ, change the way we experience eternity. Having Christ as your savior in this finite time allows us to be with him in heaven. Having Christ as your savior also motivates the Christian to live for Jesus, and these acts allow the saved to experience heaven more fully and more enjoyably.

    While not a perfect analogy, take a golfer who practices for a year every day rigorously before going to Scottsdale Golf park. When he gets there, he experiences the sunset over the glimmering water which backdrops the rusty sand dunes and glowing rock formations. He works his way to the 16th hole, the most beautiful and difficult hole, and his hard practice pays off as he shoots under par. His experience was amazing because of the year before. Now, the golfer could have not practiced and gone to Scottsdale. He would still enjoy the park and its beauty, but his experience would not match that of the finely tuned golfer. And we all know that if you don’t like golfing, sitting through 18 holes would be a miserable “hell.” lol

    Heaven is a place where the inhabitants are obsessed with God forever. Hell is a place where the inhabitants are obsessed with this finite amount of time forever.

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  5. Toby R. says:

    “Eternity is not infinite time, it is no time at all.”

    Either it is all time (infinite time) or it is no time in which nothing can happen or change. The best that you can do is speculate that your god is in another dimension or realm or whatever and operating in his own time separate than our own. Otherwise your god cannot effect any sort of change as he/she would be changeless. And things have to be able to change in order to . . . change.

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  6. Charles says:

    ** “Either it is all time (infinite time) or it is no time in which nothing can happen or change…”

    Perhaps entropy won’t exist in the “New Heaven and New Earth” thus rendering the concept of time ineffective… Just a thought considering what we are promised according to Scripture. I mean, we won’t have need for a solar or lunar cycle due to G-D’s Glory being the light of the world… Just sayin’.

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  7. Charles says:

    ** ” Perhaps time doesn’t exist now, but is only a human made concept to keep track of when it’s time to make the doughnuts.”

    You may be on to something; Jesus did proclaim, “the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

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