Death is as much a part of this world as bugs are a part of summer. It’ll never go away. (That is until Christ comes again!) Even in my small amount of time I’ve been in the pastorate, I have been given several opportunities to do funeral services. For the families, funerals are a time to say goodbye and reflect on the time they were blessed to spend with their loved one. On the other hand, for the young pastor, funerals are very valuable learning opportunities: especially when the funeral is for a non-believer.
After doing some funerals and giving it a little bit of thought, here are a couple valuable lesson’s/burdens I’ve learned from those experiences.
1. There’s going to be a lot of “good” people in Hell. A lot of “good” people, that live, act, and love just like our own family members are going to end up spending eternity in Hell. Some of these people have even been defined by their self-sacrificial lives that they’ve lived for their families and friends. Maybe they were moral pillars in their neighborhood. However they lived, their only shortfall was this: they never trusted in Christ and his sacrifice on the cross. No matter how “good” they lived, it’s safe to assume that they weren’t as good as they should have been. A lot of “good” people will be spending an eternity in Hell, separated from God.
2. The church isn’t doing our job. After thinking about how many people didn’t make it into Heaven, I’m then appalled at the lack of passion the church has with presenting the gospel. We don’t go out of our way to present the gospel. We don’t do it passionately and boldly like we should. Christians live alongside those that don’t care for the message of Christ. They live alongside non-believers, and without a blink they take no action to push these people towards Jesus. With no second thought, were comfortable just the way we are. We’re not even trying.
Losing a loved one is always sad. This is even worse! A lot of “good” people will be spending a long time in Hell, and the church isn’t doing anything about it.
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