Kindly bear with me as I attempt to communicate this message to the best of His ability in me bearing in mind that this is not intended to offend anyone but it just might.
There are two sets of people who do not seem prepared for the inevitability of death; United Kingdom and the congregation that has invested so much on their shepherd. Our major concern here is the congregation and this message is basically to the church and those set of people who find themselves in such an already compromising position. But we are taking another route to communicate this by using the example of the relationship United Kingdom has with their Queen.
Part of Church leadership is the concept of having a takeover plan. By takeover plan, we are talking of what happens after a leader goes on to meet the shepherd of his soul. Many a pastor, Bishop or leader have talked about having their bases covered when it comes to what should happen when they take that journey and this is good. However, the problem is not that they are not prepared and we will get to this soon enough. Let's talk about the Queen and her country.
This has been an amazing year for the UK. From the observer's corner, it clear that the people of the United Kingdom have a very real connection to their Queen. This connection goes beyond the position that fell on her but to the person that she is.
One can't help but feel that her country is not ready and may never be ready to handle the inevitability of her death. Just think about it; the worst thing that can happen to UK right now and something that she (i.e. UK) will not want to even consider or sit down to look at is the death of the Queen. This is simply because it is an emotional debt that is like they will not be able to handle or pay. It is like something that will break them.
But practicality is something that stares at us in the face most of the time. It is also something the emotions love to draw a mist over so that what should be looked at is turned away from. Her age is something that practicality wants her (UK) to look at.
There are those who are younger that would go to bed and won't wake up the next day, dying naturally.
Can the UK handle that now? No.
Are they being prepared to handle that now? No.
The problem is not whether your pastor has a very solid transition plan. The Problem is if the congregation can even begin to look at the reality of death when it comes to this person they have such a real connection with. I must admit that the thought of the death of some of the pillars of our faith as it stands today scares me. It is something that is scary to even consider. I was listening to TD Jakes the other day and it struck me that in spite of being privileged to have this message to share (with the church) thus being a primary recipient of it, I still am not prepared for his death or the death of those other men who stand before The Congregation.
This has bothered me with so many of them over here. I think of Kumuyi, Adeboye, Okonkwo, Bakare, Oyedepo and a handful more and it is scary; we are not prepared.
Preparation is not passive. It is not just something that is wished on the emotions. Preparation is active. It is a process. This piece is mainly to stir the hearts of the reader to begin to look at the reality of death when it comes to those who by all (natural) laws are closer to the inevitability of death. There are lots of responsibilities placed on us as individuals and as a collective even though the burden itself is light. This is because all things are ours and we have been given everything that pertains to life and Godliness.
It is your duty to be prepared. It is your duty to look at it in the face and start the process of preparation. That process starts with prayer and The Word is not far but it is something we must all do. Transition plan messages are not much of a stranger on the pulpits but what is stranger are preparations for the inevitable. It is as if there is an unwritten code that it must be preached or talked about only once in a life time. That is when the man of the pulpit is 99 and will be going home the next day.
So he mounts the pulpit and gives a forty-fiver and bids everyone farewell.
Offense can come in a thousand and one ways but there is no offense that does not have a definite way of being overcome and every solution can be found in The Word.
As for the blessed Queen;
Her light will never dim
Her grace will always be strong
And when it is said
The Queen is dead
It shall also be declared
Long Live the King.