Christians are a weird bunch. We talk about loving our enemies. (Whether we do or not is a different story.) We talk about love, hope, joy, contentedness, forgiveness, peace….and we even sing at funerals. And we sing with a measure of joy.
Singing at funerals has to be one of the weirdest things a person can do. It just doesn’t make sense. In many ways it is just wrong. How on earth can someone, or a group of people sing with a measure of joy, that a loved one has passed away and is with them no longer? Death causes pain. It causes numbness. It causes confusion. It causes anger. And it can cause fear. But the one thing its not supposed to cause is joy.
So what is it about Christians, that in the midst of deep heartache and pain, they can sing with a measure of joy at a funeral? That thing is called hope. It’s called faith. And it’s called love. We know that our lives on this earth are only temporary. We know that death is merely an illusion. It’s not real.
Yes, its true that in this lifetime, death is a reality that we all must face. And the reality of death is that, death is the mere absence of life. And the gist of Christianity is all about life. We inherit eternal life. For death could not hold Christ. He died, but he rose to life again. For in him is life. And when we believe on Christ, he instils into us, new life. He instils into us, eternal life. And he promises us a new life, a new hope, a new eternity.
So for us, while we mourn and grieve the passing of a loved one into another dimension. We know that our loss is only temporary, and that that person has only really died to the world, and is in reality, living life to the fullest, in the life that is to come.
While some might think Christians are weirdos, I think non Christians are bigger weirdos. Particularly those who continually reject the message of hope, faith, love – for this message is one of life, abundant life and its eternal life. And so within this context, I ask…who truly are the weird ones?