Mega blogger Tim Challies wrote an article today about the Humboldt hockey team tragedy.
For those of you who are unaware, a youth hockey team traveling to a playoff game was involved in a horrific accident and sixteen of them were killed.
It has deeply grieved the town, the country of Canada , and the whole hockey community internationally.
Why did Challies feel the need to write about it?
“As I have reflected on the disaster, there is a thought that continues to haunt me. It’s the thought of young people who have heard the gospel, but haven’t yet decided what to do about it. I know many people who are in the age-range of those players, people who are in their teens or twenties. Many of them have heard the gospel of Jesus Christ, but have not yet responded in repentance and faith. They haven’t outright rejected the gospel—they just haven’t decided yet whether or not they believe it.
This is not unusual for young people. It is not uncommon for them to hear the good news but to hold off, to delay, to wait for what seems like a more opportune time. They are young, after all. They’ve got years still, don’t they? Perhaps not. I’m sure every young man on that bus had dreams for the future. I’m sure every one was convinced he had time left to live. But he didn’t.”
So, grieving parents, grieving family, grieving friends, grieving country…not only did you lose these loved ones, a bunch of them probably went straight to hell.
Why…why…in the name of all that’s holy would you write such a thing before the funerals have even begun?
What kind of insane, insensitive, religious spirit would compel you to add to the unimaginable pain that these people must be experiencing?
What the hell is wrong with you that you would use a crushing national disaster as an opportunity for an online altar call?
When doctrine is your god, Jesus cannot be…
Challies, you need to watch this video a few hundred times…it’s the shattered chaplain of that hockey team trying to comfort a shattered flock…and he gets it right.
He gets it right because he weeps with those who weep…and he won’t stop weeping until his flock does…if then.
He knows Jesus as well as you know your doctrine…