As a chaplain with the local fire district, I am sometimes asked to scenes where there has been an unexpected death. For many of the survivors it is the worst day of their life. As a chaplain, mine is a ministry of compassion and comfort for a time that is very stressful. Those with a Christian faith are the easiest to deal with because they have that as a larger context and hope in which they can place their loss. At death, the Christian can take refuge in the larger picture of what the Bible says about death, resurrection, and eternity. When my father served as a missionary pastor on a very remote Indian reservation, he was invited to every burial, Christian or not. The Indians recognized that Christianity had a lot more to say about death than their own traditions.
Death is beyond us, so we think in religious terms when it confronts us. Yet we should also think in terms of our larger religious worldview in matters that relate to our everyday life and actions. This is the ministry of Chalcedon. It is a “worldview” organization; though I prefer the term “world and life view” because it clearly implies our thinking must control our actions. I have often defined Christian Reconstruction as the work of describing the responsibilities of the citizen of the Kingdom of God.
The world of our day is self-destructing. It is coming to the logical end of its rebellion against God. A change is necessarily approaching, though I do not presume to know its course or timing. The comfort of the Christian faith must not be limited to death and dying. If we believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the certain advance of His Kingdom, we can see a world in disarray and still have confidence that all things work together for good to them that love God, who are the called according to His purpose.