How Should Christians Respond to the Death of Rachel Held Evans?


Rachel Held Evans

by John Ellis

How should Christians respond when wolves in sheep’s clothing tragically die? That’s the question, I think, driving the many text messages I’ve received today after the news of Rachel Held Evans’ death was made public. Curious as to my response, I fielded the question, “Did you hear that Rachel Held Evans died?” multiple times. For starters, my response is one of immense sadness. The news deserves mourning. Yet, it also deserves truthful responses that point people to the saving grace found in repentance of sins and faith in Jesus Christ – a message that was tragically rejected by Rachel Held Evans.

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Death’s Unnatural Intrusion Into Childhood

death

by John Ellis

Assuming normal physiology, humans don’t begin to taste deeply of physical death until sometime in their twenties. The day to day existence of children is punctuated by life. The brain is awakening – new sounds, new smells, new tastes, and new experiences; life itself is flooding into them at such an accelerated rate as to often render their young brains incapable of appropriately filtering out all the incoming information. With life-filled sensory overload, they crash into walls, overturn tables, and wage loud battle with imaginary-yet-not-imaginary Dragons and Serpents. With their whole being, children desire justice and the defeat of the evil that they are yet unable to fully comprehend. And their bodies are growing, developing, coming to life, and becoming more and more capable of accomplishing wondrous things.

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