AngelHarpIn preparing to do a funeral, I am once again reminded of how much society (the world) has influenced the thinking of people when it comes to death and dying and the life beyond.

In fact it makes me wonder if I (and other Christian pastors) have been as clear as we could/should be.  For example. take these things I have heard …

  • People turn into angels when they die
  • We sit around on clouds and play harps all day
  • Our relatives watch over us from heaven
  • Good people go to heaven
  • It doesn’t really make a difference what you believe, just so long as you are sincere
  • There really is no hell…it’s just a scare tactic churches like to use
  • We can pray/communicate with our dead relatives

As I approach the end of being a “full-time pastor of a church” I have been praying that I have been faithful to the Word about a number of things.  Things like this:

  • The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God
  • There is only one way to be saved … and that is through Jesus (Ephesians 2:8-10).
  • We are called to be missional (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8, etc.)
  • There is a heaven and there is a hell
  • Preaching Christ crucified …

Thinking back about the funeral times…and those left behind…our hope and prayers are that friends and relatives had a saving faith in Jesus Christ…and that they right now experience the joy of being in His presence forevermore.  We also know that if they could be watching us, it would take the joy out of being in heaven!  And…also know they are not our guardian angels…indeed they are not angels at all!

More to come …