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Funeral or bacchanal?

Published:Saturday | February 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM


Some would say it has become part of our culture - drumming and dancing at a funeral! Sadly, in many cases, wining and other vulgar body movements have become part of funerals.

Come on! Persons have lost a loved one in death, the worst enemy of mankind. It is a very sad occasion, a time when relatives and friends cry out loudly.

Jesus himself demonstrated such deep sadness when he cried at the death of his friend Lazarus. Imagine, Jesus was going to bring Lazarus back to life, which he did later on, yet he felt the strong emotional pain that death brings.

Survivors today similarly feel deep emotional pain when they lose their loved ones. Hence, is it respectful to be carrying on with vulgarity at a funeral procession? If Jesus were to be at a funeral that we were attending also, would we be dancing in a degrading, disrespectful manner?

Jesus is real; he is alive in heaven and along with his Father, sees everyone of us. So we must show respect for the occasion, even though the dead person does not know what is going on. Show respect for surviving relatives and friends. Conduct yourselves in a dignified way at all funerals. Yes, it is a funeral, not bacchanal!

Respect, please!