As a hospice chaplain, I’m required by my employer to hold just a few particular issues in my automobile. They embody KN-95 masks, hand sanitizer, and even a CPR resuscitation masks.
Nonetheless, a very powerful piece of apparatus, in my view, is one thing issued to me throughout my navy profession. Troopers known as it the “BS Detector.”
Sure, I mentioned it. However for the needs of this religious column – and for my mother – let’s name it my “bull poo” meter.
Whereas my hospice-chaplain job most frequently requires quiet and reflective listening, it generally requires an excellent BS gage.
Luckily, the meter was working effectively final week when a colleague started telling me why she wasn’t getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
“My physique is a temple,” she mentioned, hinting at 1 Cor. 6:19-20. “I don’t put junk in my physique.”
The close by M&M’s jar was screaming a distinct story.
Then she added with a wink, “We’re each Christians. We don’t concern demise, proper?”
Wait. Did I hear that proper? Was she telling me that she’s not afraid of dying from COVID, however the vaccine scares her?
I imply, in the event you’re going to heaven, what distinction does it make what sends you there? The change despatched my poo meter pegging into the purple. The factor almost overheated and should have to enter the store.
I wished to yell, “B.S. In fact you’re afraid of dying! Everyone seems to be.”
The reality is that the concern of demise is usually a reward in no less than 3 ways.
1. It offers us an consciousness of our fragility and retains us secure inside life’s velocity limits.
2. Once we acknowledge that life has a deadline, pun meant, we enhance our intentionality towards ending our life’s targets.
3. Lastly, it has been mentioned that man is the one creature who is ready to anticipate his personal demise. If that’s true, we ought to be impressed to hunt a ardour for dwelling past the mundane.
There was no query that this lady feared demise as all of us do. However as an alternative of admitting it, she merely turned on her spiritual bravado to disclaim a standard concern. And that simply doesn’t move the sniff take a look at.
Should you aren’t afraid of dying, you’re resisting your humanity. I’ve been on the bedside of many people dealing with demise, and few have ever mentioned they have been glad they have been dying.
Most of them count on a bodily and religious ache to accompany dying. They’re afraid and can inform you they don’t wish to harm. They don’t wish to really feel alone. They don’t wish to really feel their legacy shall be forgotten.
Quite than to disclaim their concern, the spiritually wholesome will affirm their religion and confidence in what occurs after this life. They know methods to launch the concern as they attain for heaven.
For these training the Christian religion, I remind them that even Jesus feared demise. He begged his heavenly father to “let this cup move from me.”
Jesus wasn’t being a coward or untrue. He was being an actual human. He was admitting that crucifixion scared him. So, he requested God, “Isn’t there one other means?”
Jesus had a wholesome concern of demise in that he knew demise wasn’t the issue. The difficult half is how we select to push previous our concern of demise towards the issues God has for us to do on this life. In reality, most frequently we refuse to even consider demise to be able to not assume, expertise or acknowledge the concern.
Sadly, I walked away from my colleague’s desk final week too afraid to inform her any of this.
I assume concern is a standard theme that runs by means of all facets of life.
Chaplain Norris’ books can be found at www.TheChaplain.net. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 10556 Combie Highway, Suite 6643, Auburn, CA 95602 or voicemail (843) 608-9715. Twitter @chaplain.