How Should Christians Respond to the Death of Rachel Held Evans?

"RHE had severe allergic reactions several weeks ago to antibiotics ... After a series of unexplained seizures, doctors placed her in a medically induced coma. On Thursday of this week, according to her husband, she took a turn for the worse and passed away [May 4]." - John Ellis

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Dave White's picture

Worldwide: 151,000

US: 7,453

Flu deaths in US (2018): 80,000: newer viruses also tend to kill younger people, perhaps because the older population may have been exposed to a distant relative of the virus in the past

When someone notable dies ... we take note (that's what notable means)

There are righteous and wicked:

  • There's something precious about the death of a righteous person : "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." (Psalm 116:15) - see Warren Wiersbe
  • We know that God does not delight in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23)
  • And in Ezekiel 18:23 there's an invitation: "that he should turn from his way and live"

What more can be said!? At the end of the day - I'm not aligned with Bible deniers.

G. N. Barkman's picture

I've never heard of Rachel Held Evans until today.  I like John's article, and agree with his conclusions.  Good food for thought.  Well done!

G. N. Barkman

Paul J's picture

Back in 2010 I read what I think was her first book.  "Evolving in Monkey Town: How a Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned to Ask the Questions".  I'm not sure what happened to that book as I can't find it anymore, but you could see the struggle she was wrestling with at that time.  Just before that I had read Mark Paul Turner's "Church", I was reading people who were struggling with their faith journeys, and at the time, not able to see where they were to end-up.  She, as several other progressives I've followed, have slipped off the edge of world of traditional Christianity as they were trying to find the edges of faith. I was saddened when I read about her passing and seeing how it was impacting some of my progressive Christian friends.

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Christianity Today yesterday... apologizes for not being positive enough about RHE: RE: Rachel Held Evans