Not The Way It’s Supposed To Be

Death is an awful thing.

I’m a pet person, always have been. I love the companionship provided by a cat or a dog. To that end, my wife and I (she shares my pet affinity) got a kitten a few years ago. Lucy, our petite calico has brought much joy to our lives. But where one is good, two is better, right? So, six weeks ago we got another, an eight week old grey tabby. We named him Kramer. This morning, Kramer died while being neutered.

Let me be perfectly clear, there are people in our church and possibly even reading this blog, who have lost a parent, a relative, or a close friend in the past few months. I loved that cat, but his death in no way compares to the pain and loss others are feeling.

But the principle is the same. The pain we feel when we experience death in our lives should remind us that it shouldn’t be this way. We were originally created to live eternally with God, we weren’t supposed to die. The sin of Adam, the sin that we actively participate in has corrupted and polluted this world, and death is part of that curse.

Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. has written a book entitled, Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin. This highly recommended work changed the whole way I look at sin. It’s not just something I do, it isn’t just independent acts. It wreaks havoc in my life and in this world. Because of it, because of me, life isn’t the way it’s supposed to be.

Through sin, death entered this world. And thus, today, my heart is a little heavy. But instead of feeling sorry for myself, I’m trying something different. I’m going to be angry at Satan, I’m going to be angry at my sin. Because that’s the rabbit hole through which death and pain entered. And it’s not supposed to be like this.

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