kaluza 3It was yesterday afternoon that someone messaged me asking if I had heard the news about Andrew Kaluza. I had no idea what he was talking about but went to Andrew’s facebook.┬áIt was clear within seconds that he had passed away. I still don’t know intricate details but am told he died in a car crash.

I first met Andrew while I was studying economics at UTSA back in the fall of 2009. He was the president of the UTSA chapter of Young Americans for Liberty. I think I was the only person who didn’t vote for Ron Paul who actually attended their meetings. Andrew and I hit it off very quickly; mainly because we were both passionate about what we believed, loved articulating that through dialogue and debate, and found enough nuances in our belief system to warrant digging deeper.

Andrew and I spent countless hours debating politics but often our conversations veered into worldview, philosophy and my belief in Christ as Lord.

Andrew claimed at the time to be more agnostic, but he asked way too many questions to not have something inside of him that wanted to find concrete answers. He also was way too dedicated to principles of Liberty to be agnostic about anything, let alone faith. Countless conversations ended up in faith, and there we would discuss all of his questions and struggles pertaining to the Lord. Andrew asked many questions.

Andrew was a brilliant man and his desire to fully comprehend that which he believed in is not uncommon. I think it’s often more difficult for intelligent people to submit to the Lord, in order to do so they must admit that God is larger than they can fully comprehend. (It’s a good thing I’m not intelligent)

When I met Andrew he wasn’t pro-life at all, toward the end of us spending time together he admitted to me that abortion was horrific and that he didn’t want it to happen, he even admitted that the unborn child was probably a human, but the libertarian in him couldn’t call upon the government to fix those problems.

Andrew dropped out of school once his dedication to liberty, and getting more college activists educated and engaged in the liberty movement, took over. We would talk over the phone 3-4 times a year and each time he remained excited about liberty movement and all that he was accomplishing through Students for Liberty and more recently the Institute for Humane Studies.

Though faith came up a couple times in our phone conversations we never again dug down deep into Christ like we did when we spent two semesters together. I am grateful that the Lord provided the opportunity to share the gospel with Andrew on multiple occasions but am brought to a sober state when I realize I don’t know where he was spiritually these last couple years.

It’s a damning reminder to NEVER stop pointing people back to the faith that saves all who come.

“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.” – Romans 5:6-9

Andrew found something during the year that I knew him that gave him an intense passion, focus and purpose in life. Liberty.

It ended up engulfing the remainder of his life.

In my work I respect and admire many people just like Andrew and strongly believe that in order to turn our nation back toward the principles that have made us great we must embrace liberty. Only through freedom can a nation grant it’s people the opportunity to succeed and prosper.

But on a more personal note (and a note to our nation too), liberty in Christ is what we are called to, and without it, no amount of college activism, or individual liberty in law, will fulfill our desire to be free.

Every libertarian in America could be given an island to practice their individualistic utopia and, without Christ, they would be just as chained and bound as the rest of us.

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty where with Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage…………. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” – Galatians 5:1 and 13

I hope and pray that Andrew had faith in Christ prior to the tragic car wreck which ended his life here on earth.

If you don’t know Christ, run to Him, and He shall grant you peace.