I hope to attend the prayer vigil tonight for Juan Castellon, the man who froze to death in Lubbock during our after-Christmas blizzard. I ask all of Lubbock to come and pray tonight.
I have not posted here on this story largely because I just have too many questions and not enough answers.
How is it that a man living in Lubbock, Texas freezes to death a couple of nights after Christmas???
Was he invited in to the barn at Tent City? Did he refuse the invitation? Was he informed about the approaching storm? Did he suffer mental illness? Did volunteers know he was out there?
What makes a man feel so unwelcome in a Christian town like Lubbock that he does not find a home or a church to take him in when the weather is deadly?
Couldn’t the church have celebrated this man while he was alive instead of mourning him in his death?
Are the shepherds of this town going to mourn this loss? Will the shepherds of this town learn any lessons from this death? Will the shepherds of this town seek such lost sheep in the future? Will the body of Christ touch whatever circumstance(s) caused this death with a healing touch?
Where was Jesus in the cold the other night? Was he in an empty church sanctuary? Or was he freezing to death in a light jacket and blanket behind the convenience store?
How does Jesus’s words in Matthew 25:31-46 help us answer any of these tough questions?