Lanny Moody, a Christian comedian from the Atlanta area, died last week at the age of 54.
Moody, who operated a crane for 25 years as his day job, was reportedly standing next to his semi truck on the side of Interstate 285 when he was struck by a swerving vehicle. The driver has been charged with vehicular homicide and failure to maintain a lane, according to WSBTV, an Atlanta news station.
Moody's family has forgiven the driver. They said Moody would want his death to serve as a reminder that one never knows when life will end and should be ready. Moody was a youth minister at Solid Rock Baptist Church in Covington, Ga., a member of an evangelical motorcycle club, Run With the Son Christian Motorcyclist Association, and had recently received a B.A. from Anderson Theological Seminary. His obituary notes his passion for "sharing the gospel and bringing people to Christ."
Even his comedy, though it didn't focus strictly on religious themes, was used for evangelism.
During a stand-up set at an evangelical festival in 2012, Moody explained how his comedy and his Christian witness were connected. "Life is too short not to have fun, man," he said. "This is my belief, that if we as Christians looked like we were happy with what we had in Jesus, more people would want what we got in Jesus. That's just the way I think about it."