“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
There are some stories I hear these days that make me really angry. This is one of them (click here to read it).
A mother in Indiana was convicted of murdering her son in an apparent “exorcism”. She and another woman created a concoction consisting of olive oil and vinegar and forced their children to drink it. While all of the children vomited the liquid, one of the boys stopped breathing in the process. The mother hid the body for over a year until she was discovered, and arrested. The worse part of all of this is that the woman, after the boy died, actually prayed and believed her boy would be resurrected.
It is times like these that I thank God for the church. I will tell you why. In bible studies that I participate in, occasionally, someone will speak out about problems they are having, and will ask the group to pray for them. It is times like these where the body of Christ has the opportunity to help a brother or sister in need. This involves prayers, but it also means common sense advice. Did these women have that? If they did, did their brothers or sisters in Christ recognize what was going on? Did they offer any help?
I don’t know.
What I do know is that as Christians, we need to be on the look out for fellow Christians that are going down the wrong path. How many times have we seen or heard of people who have been desperate, and have taken their own lives, or the lives of others? I wonder, if these people had been reached by someone, anyone, if these crimes could have been averted.
I believe the worse thing for someone in agony or despair is to be alone. Call it the devil, call it psychosis, call it whatever you want, being alone in these times leaves the person alone with their thoughts, and if they already have issues that are warping those thoughts, being alone can cause them to – well – go over the edge.
If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
–1 Corinthians 12:26
I am not blind folks. I know that even a good Christian offering help will not prevent all of these types of crimes. I know that some are just too far gone. But Jesus teaches us to be there for our fellow man and woman. We are not to turn a blind eye to people in despair. We are to love our neighbors.
So let’s not look at a crime like this as some crazy wacko we are so removed from. Let’s instead see this as a woman we failed to reach. Let’s pray that we are able to help our brother or sister from being alone with their thoughts, and doing the wrong thing.
Do you know someone who is going through a divorce? Do you know someone who is going through money issues? Do you know someone who is in danger of going down the wrong path with respect to the law? Are they alone? They shouldn’t be.
You could be the one to help them.