I am really torn about this post. I am dismayed about the events of last night in Tallmansville, WV, where 12 miners were reported to be alive and well, and then three hours later confirmed to be dead.
My wife and I were up at midnight when the news came in and we were delighted. My heart leapt at watching the people praise the name of Jesus and thank him for the believed deliverance, only to wake up to hear that 12 of the 13 had died and that the initial reports were wrong. Someone jumped the gun, didn't have their facts straight, and blabbed.
But what really got me was this (H.T. Drudge). The mining company knew within 20 minutes that the reports of survival were horribly incorrect. But they waited another 2 1/2 hours before breaking the news...a whole 2 1/2 hours to get worked up, to plan for celebrations, and to spend all of their emotional energy on a piece of fiction. Their explanation was that they wanted to get all of the correct information before going to the families. But I find that explanation to be entirely stupid.
It reflects the same incompetence with which the corporate officials maintained the mine (again, Drudge). The wisest solution would have been to throttle the fool who called the church, then to immediately contact the families to state that that report was not only unconfirmed, but that it was possibly incorrect. From there, they could confirm what they needed to, and then report the grim news that the families would already have prepared themselves to hear. They would have been spared the false hope and short-lived joy.
They didn't mean to hurt the families just like they didn't mean to leave these miners ill-equipped and unsafe for the disaster that took their lives. But because of their abject stupidity, both happened. A tragedy.
We mourn with you, Tallmansville.