Most things are bad for you and pretty much everything else is going to kill you.
We’ve known for a while that cigarettes, too much fried chicken and teenage drivers can do you in but lately it seems like somebody is just making this stuff up.
Yesterday I read somewhere that if you sit down for more than 11 hours a day you will take a decade or two off of your life.
Sitting down can kill you?
One summer during college I worked in a factory where I had to stand up all day wrapping cheese while listening to women in hair nets curse the entire male species. I would have been more than happy to put my life on the line by sitting in a chair, preferably one that was far away from the women cursing the entire male species.
Several years ago we were told that if you didn’t clean your grill before cooking out you were practically on your death bed. As if that wasn’t enough, these death experts, whomever they may be, have now told us that the smell from those very same grills could be poisoning us.
Yes. You read that right. The smell of hamburgers cooking on the grill could kill you.
There should be a report out sometime before the end of the year telling us that happiness, laughter, puppy dogs and smiling babies can also be hazardous to your health.
We live in an age of worry. For all of our medical and technological advancements we still haven’t been able to find an app or HMO that can help us to avoid death. Just ask the frozen head of Ted Williams or Walt Disney.
The reality of death is bad news for a culture that falls all over itself trying to avoid anything to do with Jesus or eternity. But, of course, it shouldn’t be bad news for Christians. Don’t get me wrong. It still stings. We should still do our best to take care of ourselves and we still cry at funerals but we should not live and mourn as those who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13). For us, death is still a painful separation in many ways, but it is not the end.
That’s why Jesus could tell his disciples not to be troubled (John 14:1). He never said that death is no big deal. He himself wept at the death of his friend Lazarus (John 11:35). He did, however, say that death doesn’t get the final say on a believer.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. John 14:3 (ESV)
Believers, let not your hearts be troubled. Your death is the beginning of an eternity with Jesus.
So this weekend, have a seat, grill some hamburgers, drink from the water hose and, I don’t know, maybe play some Lawn Darts while going down a Slip ‘N Slide.
But whatever you do, don’t let fear get the best of you.
That’s only for people with no hope.