It’s okay to be sad, Christians.
How am I? I’m grieving. I’m anxious. I’m conflicted. And yes, I’m still Christian.
Sometimes we have a false expectation that believers in Christ aren’t supposed to be sad when bad things happen. We are the ones with reasons to hope, to have unspeakable joy, to have peace that passes understanding. Yes.
But we’re also the ones, like all human beings, to grieve with those who are grieving. Even if we and our families haven’t had a loss yet.
Right now our whole world is in pain. Many have suffered unbearable losses on every front. So while I remain grateful to God for my personal blessings and I have faith that things will improve again in the future, right now I am sad.
I’m sad for those who have lost income. I’m sad for kids who aren’t safe at home. I’m sad for those awaiting test results. I’m sad for those alone in a hospital room (and for those who want to be with them but aren’t allowed). I’m sad for those who have already lost someone to death that they weren’t supposed to lose yet. On and on and on.
Being sad doesn’t mean I have no faith. Being sad doesn’t mean I have no joy. Being sad doesn’t mean I have no hope.
Being sad doesn’t mean I’m not a Christian.
It just means I’m sad.
That’s okay. That’s normal. That’s human.
That’s Christian, too.
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