Gerry Breshears :: Why are Christians so bad at grieving and mourning?

  • “Americans – as a culture – have a triumphalistic, success-oriented worldview,” according to Dr. Gerry Breshears, Author and Professor of Theology at Western Seminary. “We win…we don’t want to mourn.” Americans don’t expect defeat or trouble, so they have a difficult time embracing sorrow and dealing with it effectively. “We go to people who are mourning, and we’ll mourn with them for about 18 minutes.” We like triumphant songs, but we have a difficult time writing or singing songs of lament. When we write songs from the Psalms, we often leave out the sorrowful lyrics. “There is that triumphalist, impatient, ‘we must rejoice’ tenor that’s in American society, and it’s a sin.”

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