MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

What to Say When Someone Dies

August 15th, 2006 Viewed 52268 times

ComfortThis is a tough topic for many reasons. If you’ve never lost someone close (as I had not until this past February), it’s hard to empathize with someone who has lost their loved one. For one thing, you feel like anything that you say is never enough to quench the grief– and yet that’s what you want to do. You want to take away the hurt, to provide comfort, but the absense cannot be replaced with meer words.

If the person did not know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, then there is not much hope that you can give– though you can provide comfort to those that remain through hugs, tears and shared memories. If they did, then you can encourage them that they have gone to a better place, and be thankful that they are no longer in pain.

The biggest impact I think that you can have in the family who has lost a loved one is in your follow up. Many people will show up to the funeral, and many people will remember the lost loved one the week after, but do you remember the anniversaries that the loved one will have that they will no longer be able to share? How about the departed’s birthday or any special occasion that would be marked with the person’s presence.

You see, the greatest impact you can have on a family member is through your support when everyone else forgets.

The Passion Movie

February 23rd, 2004 Viewed 1811 times
The Crucifixion, seen from the Cross, by James...

The Crucifixion, seen from the Cross, by James Tissot, 19th century. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What do you think? Is the movie good or bad?

I guess I am perplexed. For the months leading up to this movie event, I’ve been excited about someone portraying the last few hours before the Crucifixion in detail, someone staying true to the Gospel accounts. Any why shouldn’t I? I mean, in a society where a majority of everything that we are fed is from television and movies, a visual depiction of what happened on the cross might show millions how much He suffered for you and I?

And then I have the questions. The Bible says that people come to Christ through the preaching of the Word, not entertainment. As believers, we are to separate from those in doctrinal error, and yet every church is trying to use this to increase its numbers and get people “saved” according to their own religion. This means that if it has the desired effect, many will be lead astray.

Then there’s the question about whether the crucifixion should be more emphasized than the resurrection. I’ve read where Gibson said that he learned that redemption comes through pain (or something of that nature) and this shows Christ’s pain. And what about Mary’s prominent roll?

Will this make it more difficult for the true message of Christ to get out?

The Passion of the Christ

February 17th, 2004 Viewed 1863 times
English: Mel Gibson at the Cannes film festival

English: Mel Gibson at the Cannes film festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s interesting to read about Mel Gibson’s movie. It coincides with some evidence I have been reading about the Bible and its veracity. I have been thinking a lot about the times of the writings of the Scriptures– what was going on, what they were doing, the structure.

What would have it been like to witness a crucifixion? How about Jesus crucifixion? Is it any wonder that 3,000 men came to Christ when Peter preached? These people would have probably been witnesses to this gruesome sight, and then come to find that He had risen!

I can’t image that there will be a dry eye in the place next Wednesday– if one can stand the horror of what happened. Yet how easily it escapes us as just another fact that Christ paid the ultimate price for us. What should that do to us, to know we caused His death because of our sin?

Authority of Christ

February 16th, 2004 Viewed 3585 times, 1 so far today
Español: Intercambio de anillos entre los novios

Español: Intercambio de anillos entre los novios (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This past weekend we were over watching the movie Time Changers and it reminded me about separating the authority of Christ from moral discussions. In the last post, I talked about homosexuality and homosexual marriage. Since then, hundreds of gay couples have lined up and / or gotten married in San Fransisco. When discussing this with a coworker, he ruled religion out of the conversation, and basically said that if an act doesn’t harm someone else, then we should be free to do it.

But should we? Certainly sin has a way of spreading, and encouraging deviant behavior, be it homosexuality or any other such behavior, cannot be good for anyone. This is not the starting point, but the continuing of making sin acceptable.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.