Sometimes atrocities come to light that are so horrible I have no words or response. A punch in the gut by a big, macho guy would be a more welcome pain than the stories I hear some days.
But in the wake of these atrocities, what is even more painful are the desperate diggings to protect the sinners, the organizations, and the big leaders at the top.
Am I the only one who thinks those type of actions are completely out of line? Instead of crying buckets of tears for the pain and heartache of countless innocent victims and families left naked and innocent-less, we worry more about all the other stories that will surface from all the countless other countries and peoples who might have similar stories to tell. Huh?? How is that even a human response, let alone a Jesus response?
Jesus said, in His own words, "But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be thrown into the sea." Mark 9:42 Let's stop and actually take in those words. Perhaps I am way off my rocker here, but it seems to me that Jesus might be suggesting that you would be far better off killing yourself then to be caught in such dreadful, dreadful acts against other humans. Therefore, the logical conclusion I come to is that if we are caught in this type of horribleness, we have no choice left, but to admit our sin, and bear whatever consequences come because of them. No more excuses. No more lies. No more sneaking around trying to hide behind bushes too small to contain our atrocious selves. Again, maybe I am just way off my rocker.
And another thing, when sins of tremendous magnitude come to light, and the crowds are angered and of mob proportions this does not equal persecution or attacks from the devil. Hu-uh. When sins of great horror come to light, the ones who have covered and excused and hidden will need to pay right along with whoever committed the horrifying evil. This is the law of sowing and reaping. This is not persecution. Galations 6:7 "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
And, please, please, please.... Do not excuse these Mennonite churches and organizations by saying other cults have the same problems so how can they be fixed by revolting against the Mennonites? This is just another ploy of self-protection. And it is also something we should have learned at 5 years old. Just because someone hits you does not make it okay to hit them back. Just because the Catholics and the Protestants have these problems does not give us permission to put up with these problems as well. Oh please.
The answer, as I see it, is not to look at other organizations and churches and cults to see which one to join up with so we do not get caught up in such terrible messes, and so we can keep our garments pristine. The answer is Jesus. The answer is to ask Jesus how we are supposed to live. The answer is to do what Jesus would expect us, His children, to do. And the Jesus I know never ever even once pushed away the little children with their sobs of innocence-broken so He could protect His clean garments.
All I am saying is that however unfair and awful and sickening it may be, I think it's time we lay our reputations and agendas aside and prove to the world that we really ARE Jesus followers by taking the punishment we deserve for the sins we have committed. Stop excusing or bringing reasons. And starting saying sorry, and meaning it.
But, then again, maybe I am just an old woman off her rocker.