It’s Okay to be Sad?

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Last night, I got to see Inside Out, which was a fantastic movie! If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it; the trailers do not do this film justice. And though this movie is not a Christian film, I love one of the themes that it hits upon–a theme, which the church itself needs to work on, that it’s okay to be sad.

The church in America has confused happiness and joy.

But wait, aren’t those the same thing? If so, why did Paul write, Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15). Are we supposed to be happy when we loose a loved one? or when a man walks it a church and shoots several? Or do you believe that Jesus was happy when he wept (John 11:35), or when he prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, or when he was crucified? I say–No! God promises joy, but he does not promise happiness. Continue reading