Funeral Prayer

Jamin Bradley

I’ve struggled for sometime to find the right balance in leading a funeral, because not everyone I’m going to help bury is going to be a Christian. When they are, it’s really pretty easy—their life has given me license to talk about the thing they cared about most: Jesus. But when they’re not, it can of course get a little weird.

I’ve seen it done before. The pastor takes the moment to tell everyone about Jesus by telling them that their recently departed loved one is now in Hell. Therefore, if anyone wants to escape the same destiny, now would be a good time to accept Jesus. The person is demonized and their entire life ends up equating to nothing more than a spiritual lesson. They are not honored in any way.

I didn’t know the young man I led a short memorial service for today and therefore I didn’t…

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