For Those Anger and Confused Over the Death of a Young One

For Those Who Have Lost Someone Way Too Soon

Whether you were close with that person or not, we all feel the same pain and emotion that's attached with death.

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Life is unfair. We all know that. It is the most essential golden rule that every human learns eventually, no matter how in denial we want to be of it. Bad things happen to the best people and sometimes karma never reaches the bad ones. Despite this, we are expected to continue marching through life, even if the cards of Life might be set against us. Unfortunately, sometimes Life wins, and not in a good way.

Everyday people die. Some die of natural causes and others from accidents. We like to think death is a threat to only the old. Sadly, anyone is subject to death, even the youngest of the world or the most "special" ones in God's eyes. When one loses someone very special to them, they start to wonder why. Why did God allow this? Why is Life so cruel that it is willing to take someone's life away to further prove how unfair It is? The truth is, there is no easy explanation that will satisfy any pain or anger we feel.

In the book-turned-film, "Same Kind of Different as Me," a wise homeless person quotes, "When you is precious to God, you become important to Satan." In other words, when someone is loved by everyone and is a genuinely good person on the inside, God wants that person to live happily and receive His love. However, Satan wants that person all to himself, to bring upon evil and darkness. Sometimes Satan wins, leading to the death of one. Whether you believe in God or Satan, we can all conclude that death is the worst kind of evil.

There is another way to interpret this quote. Maybe God is aware that Satan is also competing to "care" for this person. Maybe God is so aware and afraid of the subject being in danger, that He knows the subject will be safer in heaven. Maybe God does not want any harm to reach the subject and knows Satan's devious plan will cause harm, so in order to protect him or her, He takes his or her life away. With this, he or she is living in heaven, protected by God and His angels, incapable of being touched by the devil. You see, when one dies, that is God's way of saving them from an unfortunate future; it is not done out of spite.

Is this fair? Of course not, but we, including God, already know life is not fair. The least He can do is try to help and protect us from inevitable darkness, even if it ultimately means death.

When someone we love or care for deeply passes away, we feel all types of emotions, ranging from grief, to confusion, to anger. For some, that anger is directed towards themselves, thinking there is something they could have done to stop this tragic event. Other times, this anger is directed towards God.

It's ok to be angry. It's ok to feel whatever it is you do. But just know, your loved one or friend is in a better place now. God knew what would happen if that person stayed on Earth, and it was not a bright future. God is protecting him or her. They are safe now, without any suffering, pain, or evil. They are and will continue to look after you from up above, and make sure you are not subject to Satan's pawn. And if you do not believe in God or heaven or even an after-life, just know that your loved one can never be hurt again now, and they loved you.

May all of those we have lost someone way too soon rest in peace.

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Liane Metzler

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If You're A Millennial Christian, You Definitely Have A Relationship With Christ And These 19 Other Things

“Every Christian shall be addicted to La Croix” – John 3:16
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1. A lowkey tattoo



Probably on your ankle or wrist. Bonus points if it’s scripture or a cross.

2. Birkenstocks

You’re extra Christian if you wear them with socks.

3. A church camp fling

I don't know if it’s the fellowship or the fact that it’s never really allowed, but Christians LOVE a good camp romance.

4. Extra long Patagonia shorts

Modest is ALWAYS hottest

5. XL shirts (even though you probably would fit into a small)

Shirt or a dress? The world will never know… good thing you have those extra long Patagonia shorts!

6. A thicc study bible

So what if you never actually read the stuff at the bottom? The font is big and the bigger the Bible the closer to heaven, right?

7. Hipster glasses

Because apparently freedom in Christ means freedom from contacts

8. A large collection of Christian books

"Love Does," "Not a Fan," "Redeeming Love," "Popular," and "Everybody Always" are on pre-order. We have them all and copies to give to our friends

9. A nose ring

Just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we can’t be ~edgy~

10. "Jesus Calling"

It likely sits by your bedside table at home, and you read it a few times a year.

11. La Croix

“Every Christian shall be addicted to La Croix.” –John 3:16

12. A Young Life t-shirt

Whether you have dabbled in Young Life or can name all the camps in a single breath, everyone owns one!

13. The skill to create a killer Instagram story

Spending time in the Word = Spending time creating some sick instastories for the followers. Simple.

14. A Jeep, Subaru, or Suburban

Squad rolls up to church in style

15. A deep love for podcasts or a sermon series.

Did someone say The Porch? Elevation? Passion?

16. A one-piece swimsuit

Two types of people in this world: people who try to make a one-piece cute and people who rock the OG Speedo

17. The Church Clap

It’s not a Christian party until the church clap breaks out. The Holy Spirit loves to dance!

18. A social media cleanse

Whether you gave it up for lent or just felt compelled to give it up for a season, everyone has done it. Bonus points if you alerted your followers about it beforehand in a super long post. Bonus bonus points if it ended after a week.

19. Chacos

Single strapped or double. Toe strap or none. We don’t discriminate!

20. A relationship with Jesus Christ

Although it's funny to make fun of the random stuff a lot of Christians do (and don’t do), what really matters is our relationship with Jesus. I know a lot of Christians who don’t fit this stereotype, and that is totally okay! Doing these things isn’t going make you a better Christian, but spending time in the Bible every day will!

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The Truth About Politics In Religion And How It Affects Our Relationship With God

They don't have to be mutually exclusive.

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It's evident that religion can and has been used in politics from the values of voters and leaders. However, to use your religion or your relationship with God for making political decisions doesn't share the same meaning.

I've always loved finding all the best facts and research for argumentative work but I couldn't pursue that approach for this topic. Why? Because I've experienced the pattern in my relationship with God of how God defies logic.

God can't be contained to a definition or explanation. I liked the way I've heard one leader express that, "If you hear someone trying to explain to God as if he knows then he's a fool before he starts talking". That's a paradox within itself.

I've learned more recently to identify that the two sides of the paradox that you might wrestle with in understanding God are both true. That, yes, His hands are big and He knows exactly what to do to make you surrender but you'll also find no greater love than with Him because He has the biggest heart and knows what you need better than you do.

I think that accepting this paradox will differentiate between those that view politics religiously versus those that view it from 'what is God trying to do here'? The one that focuses on seeking 'what is God trying to do here?' would represent those with a relationship with God. This doesn't mean that referencing the laws of God exempts you from having a relationship but the love of God is the strength that sustains the relationship over the law. This is also a bit of a paradox because they're both important in Christianity.

There's the difference from seeing God as one-sided which is very prideful, limiting and incorrect compared to recognizing that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

I believe that what we believe and how we see God will bring limitations or provision on how we can be used in God's plan for His kingdom on earth when it comes to the way the world is run.

God, our relationship with God and the law of God all have to be considered in the things we do as Christians.

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