The Orange Leader
It happened last weekend--the news of Pastor Rick Warren’s son committing suicide. (Rick Warren is the pastor of the Saddleback church in Orange County California and author of The Purpose Driven Life.) I was stunned and saddened as I saw Pastor Warren telling how that despite the best medical care, prayer and love of family and after a seemingly fun time with the family, his son did the unthinkable. Since hearing of this tragic event, Pastor Warren and his family have been very much in my thoughts and prayers. May our Heavenly Father grant to this family His loving grace in the form of comfort, solace and peace during their dark hour.
I am very troubled, however, by the outpouring of vitriol, hatred and plain venom via twitter, emails and blogs the Warren family has received following the death of their son.
Where is the compassion? Where is the love? Where are the manifestations of caring and concern for the well being of this family? Is this the America and the American people we once thought existed who were ready at any moment to give their love, help, and sacrifice for the downcast and hurting? Oh, I know these characteristics still remain within the framework of this great nation but I must say we are witnessing a growing danger of violence, manifest hatred and callousness that portends a change in the heart of America.
We need a revival that will change the spirit, soul and emotions of every citizen. We desperately need a sweeping revival that will make a profound difference in the lives of every church member, every professing Christian. Some questions are in order.
Are you a committed Christian? Do you embrace the truth of Scripture? Is your religious experience only as deep as the baptismal font or some form of church orthodoxy that pronounces one as a Believer? Do we love as Jesus loves?
Remember, Jesus said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; AND THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF” (Luke 10:27).
A very religious man once asked Jesus: “Who is my neighbor? (Luke 10:29).
Answering that question, Jesus tells the story of what we know as “the Good Samaritan.”
Our neighbor is the person needing our help. It’s the person who needs compassion, our hands of help.