This will only hurt a lot

Imagine someone about to have a limb amputated without anesthetic.  You try to make them feel better by telling them that it won’t hurt.  Pretty foolish, eh?

Yet why are Christians so reluctant to tell dying people about Jesus?  They are about to go off into a Godless eternity and people are worried about making them feel bad?  It is even more ridiculous than the amputation example.

I like to share this video now and then.  ERIt was surprising but so encouraging to see that the clip below was on the TV show ER a few years back.

The chaplain is the classic fake Christian you’d expect to find in most theologically liberal churches today.  I love how the patient doesn’t buy her “just make up a god in your own image” type of platitudes.

The money quotes from the dying patient:

All I’m hearing is some new age “God is love” one-size-fits-all crap . . . I don’t have time for this now . . . I want a real chaplain who believes in a real God and a real Hell . . . I don’t need to “ask myself,” I need answers, and all your questions and uncertainty are only making things worse . . .

I need someone who will look me in the eye and tell me how to find forgiveness, because I am running out of time!

Hey Christians, time to fire up!  Some people don’t want the truth.  But there are lots of real people like this in the world who need and want the truth.  They must be so sick of the lies and the politically correct “God is whoever you want him to be” nonsense taught by the world and by far too many churches.  Is it really so hard to understand that you do not get to tell the creator of the universe how eternity works?

Of course, we should be gracious in how we share these truths and not force it on anyone.  Jesus didn’t run after the rich ruler and tackle him when the young man rejected him.

Are you ready to tell them the truth and the Good News?  Forgiveness, redemption and eternal life are possible, but only through trust in Jesus.

0 thoughts on “This will only hurt a lot”

  1. I’m curious to know how that played out and if they gave true answers in a different clip. Its been a very long time since I followed ER.

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  2. Yeah I’d like to know how that played out as well. I’ve been around a lot of ministers and chaplains (liberal to very conservative) in my 30 years of working in the ministry as a pastor’s secretary. All of them have been sensitive to the dying and somehow know just the right thing to say when the time comes. I’ve never known a one of them to stammer around like the one in clip. It’s just not reality in my world.

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      1. Really? It is TV? I had no idea. Funny how it mirrors what so many in the world — and especially in the church — have to say.

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    1. P.S. My larger point wasn’t just about people on their deathbeds, but what do we tell people day to day? Religious pluralism (in the sense that all paths lead to God and salvation) is a lie. Jesus is the only way to salvation. Christians should teach nothing else, but I see countless that say that other religions are just as valid (I am not saying you are in that camp, just clarifying the post).

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  3. Marty,

    I’m curious as I’ve never considered the possibility before, but is it commonplace for church secretaries to be present when pastors are ministering to the dying?

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    1. I’ve been present when chaplains in hospitals are ministering to the dying. Before you can become a chaplain you have to go through extensive training to understand the anxiety and fear associated with dying and also the bereavement process. The above ER clip shows just how ignorant the writers were of that. So far as a pastor is concerned, yeah I been at the bedside a few times when the pastor was there. If the dying person felt like the guy in the clip, trust me…I’d hear about it.

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      1. What would be the purpose of your presence in such a situation? It would seem to me a most intimate setting, one that would restrict the presence of all but the minister, seeing as how his counsel is what was requested. How then do you come to be there?

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      2. I don’t know Marty personally but perhaps those times she was not there specifically as a secretary but as a personal friend or relative of the dying?? I think her overall point was that it wasn’t that way in her experience; not that it doesn’t ever happen.

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      3. That could very well be and would satisfy my curiosity. But she did bring it up in the context of her being a pastor’s secretary. And I would certainly hope that there are very few ministers like the character in the video, but then, in this day and age…

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      4. The exactly reply was meant for Alysa.

        Marshall I have worked for 2 churches, both of them small. You get to know the members. They become friends and extended family. Many times the pastors have been bi-vocational who work closely with the secretary to keep informed of special needs. If someone was not happy with the behavior of the pastor, I’m sure I’d hear about it.

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