Friday, September 14, 2012

Those Who YOLO in this Life Will Definitely Die Twice

MSN reported yesterday on the death of Rapper Everin McKinnis. Everin, who performed under the names Inkyy and Jew'elz, died while texting and driving. McKinnis last tweet:

"Drunk af going 120 drifting corners #F**kIt YOLO."

Mr. McKinnis was letting his Twitter followers know that he was drunk, driving over one hundred miles hour, drifting corners, AND texting while while he was driving After using two graphic sexual shorthand curses in his text, McKinnis signs off YOLO.

"YOLO" is the term being used on Twitter to describe those occasions when people are doing something incredibly dangerous. The acronym means "You Only Live Once."

Seconds after Everin McKinnis tweeted the above, the rapper, along with three other passengers, were brutally killed after their car sped through a red light and crashed into a wall in Ontario, Calif. Police reported that both drinking and excessive speed contributed to the accident. No bystanders were killed. The incredible stupidity of rapper McKinnis is seen in his philosophy "You Only Live Once." This is the creed of people who do what they want, when they want, for as long as they want, because what they do feels cool to them. "You Only Live Once" seems to be the motto for people who, "being past feeling, have given themselves over to fulfilling their morbid sexual desires, doing those things God expressly forbids, and living a life of selfishness and greed" (Ephesians 4:19).
Those who YOLO in this life will definitely die twice.
The first time is the death of the body. Not all the deaths of those who YOLO are as gruesome as McKinnis' death. Some are worse. However, Jesus said "you should not fear those who can destroy the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, you should fear the One who can destroy both the body and soul in hell" (Matthew 10:28). He, the Lord Jesus, is the One who is to be feared.  "The beginning of wisdom," said the wise man, "is the fear of the Lord." To fear Christ is to do what He says, as He says, as long He says because He is King over your life. YOLO is the antithesis of Christ's Lordship.
Again, those who YOLO in this life will definitely die twice.
The second time is the death of the soul. Four times the Bible refers to this "second death" (Revelation 2:11; 20:6, 14; and 21:8). The second death occurs after a personal and specific judgment by the King, a judgment that is based on how a person lived his or her life. Those who have trusted Christ as Savior and received Him as their King will escape this second death (see Revelation 20:11-15). Those without Christ as their Savior and King will be sentenced to the second death because of their rebellion.  This just judgment, given by Christ, and the corresponding sentence of the second death, is what you should fear above all other things.
At least, that's what Jesus said. 


Unknown said...


We used this #YOLO for a youth retreat theme a couple of weeks ago. I agree with your blog but its also good to take what is going on in pop culture and turn it on its head; using it to connect with youth. We used it to show "You Only Live Once" so live for Christ and don't waste your life that you have on this earth. I just thought I would share another angle with you. Don't push youth away by generalizing. That will have the wrong effect.

Derek Richey

Tanya Kennedy said...

Deal with those folks everyday Wade and it is really could be so much to read your writing

Wade Burleson said...


"Don't push youth away by generalizing. That will have the wrong effect."


I don't think I am as concerned about pushing youth away as I am youth understanding that the philosophy that "You Only Live Once" so do as you desire, instead of "You Will Answer to God" so consider how your life is lived here.


I do know what you are saying, though, and understand the caution of over-generalization.

Wade Burleson said...


Thanks! I really appreciate what you are doing in life and work. Your's is real ministry.

Christiane said...

what the boys did is a sign of hopelessness . . .

but all young people have an exaggerated concept of their own 'immortality', so they take chances and unfortunately it ends for them

May God have mercy on all of us.

Anonymous said...

Good stuff! My 12yo son (who can greatly try my patience, at times) stated to me on Friday, "Dad, if YOLO means what people say it means, doesn't that mean they have no hope for eternity?"

My answer, "yep."

He gets it. We don't have to spiritualize everything. Kids are smarter than we think.

greg.w.h said...

YOLOATTJ (You Only Live Once And Then The Judgment...)

Headless Unicorn Guy said...

MSN reported yesterday on the death of Rapper Everin McKinnis. Everin, who performed under the names Inkyy and Jew'elz, died while texting and driving. McKinnis last tweet:

"Drunk af going 120 drifting corners #F**kIt YOLO."

Never mind the theological implications, just by itself this is Darwin Award material!

Headless Unicorn Guy said...

Further developments:

According to a bud of mine, "F**kIt YOLO" is right up there with "Hold my beer and watch this!" for "What a redneck says just before he dies", with the caveat that usually "F**kIt YOLO" precedes the like of "Watch me wrestle that grizzly bear!"

Wade Burleson said...

Headless Unicorn,

That's funny and sad at the same time. :)

WatchingHISstory said...

Perhaps one or all of them were the elect of God!

Anonymous said...

Wade, so you are certain that these fellows names are not written down in the book of life. Isn't that a big assumption to make?