Certain subjects are just not discussed in polite company.
- Potty training
- The Chicago Cubs
OK, I get it. Maybe death is not the best conversation topic at a wedding reception, but I’ve never quite understood our distaste for talking about death and anything related to it. In the Victorian era, people never broached the subject of sex, but they openly talked about death. These days it’s just the opposite: people freely talk about sex, but change the subject when death comes up.
In a recent blog, I mentioned my visit to the National Museum of Funeral History. Frequently, when I’ve told someone about this visit, the response is along the same lines. “Why? That sounds so … morbid.”
It’s healthy to talk about death. As ironic as it sounds, death is a part of life. We want to shelter our kids from the reality of death, but in so doing, we don’t help them with the inevitable: we all eventually die.
Death—and talking about it—doesn’t bother me. Why? Because of the resurrection. Death is not the end of the road for those who are in Christ—the resurrected Savior and Son of God. Christ has risen from the dead, and victory over death is a sure thing. In fact, for believers the life we experience after death is far greater than any life we have before death.
Check out this brief video from Francis Chan. He gives a clear illustration of eternity.
Let’s talk about death. It happens—and it happens to all of us. But let’s talk even more about the resurrection. We experience an incredible life after death when our trust and full commitment is placed in Christ.
“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die” (John 11:25-26).
This post supports the study “Our Need for Hope” in Bible Studies for Life.