Proverb for the Innappropriately Cheery

Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on soda,
is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.

Prov 25:20

(I have been at funerals where good-intentioned Christians didn’t want to sing “sad” hymns.  That’s a complete lack of understanding of grief and pretty much insensitive to the grieving.)


3 thoughts on “Proverb for the Innappropriately Cheery

  1. On funerals – it depends. Sometimes they are a celebration of a life well-lived and the home-going of a faithful servant. Those families may choose to celebrate. (Also, some leave instructions to celebrate instead or mourning.)

  2. good point, sean, I was thinking of an instance of the death of a young christian. It’s definitely easier when it was a lifelong faithful servant of Jesus, but for those closest, it’s not easy, just easier. and denying them the pain and hurt in the name of being positive, and ignoring how great an enemy death is, is IMO insensitive

  3. Death is still the enemy, yes. And you are right – the circumstances do matter. Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn — both Biblical.

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