Well hey, found myself here tonight and thought I would share this . . . part of a book I self-published as this is a topic close to my heart and one that has deeply grieved me (as I know it has others) all around. I think it shares some of the sentiments.
Anyway, here it is:
Alex continued, "Our natural lives are a reflection of what is happening in the spiritual realm. What I feel is happening with many in the body of Christ in your neighborhood is similar to our teen years. It’s that awkward and sensitive transitional stage from childhood to adulthood. As you said Maria, at that stage we can think we know everything. Don’t they understand that we’ve lived through it and have learned some things they have yet to learn? In their quest to stretch their wings and exercise their liberty, teenagers can start to rebel against their parents and don’t really take into account that even if mistakes are being made, a good deal of those mistakes are out of a heart of love for our children."
"Now that’s what I’m talking about!" Reuben shouted.
"I know . . . that’s what I heard when you were speaking. Now, we also know there are those that aren’t coming from our Shepherd’s heart, so I’m not saying it’s all that. Just like there are people that use and abuse kids for their own selfish gain, and those quick to yell rebellion, so it is in this community and we need to continue to speak out against such things. We need to continue to teach others to hear from the Lord personally before buying into a word at heart as his truth, yet many kids here, physical and spiritual, don’t really see the other aspect of it."
Alex paused for a moment before continuing, "Here the tables have turned. It’s just like in the natural where the outrage over child abuse has brought in so many legalities that parents can barely disciple their children anymore without being accused of abuse, so in the spiritual realm are many spiritual children now quick to yell abuse and are now using the law to exercise their liberties and rights without considering God’s greater law of love in Christ. They think they have so much freedom and doing better, but are committing the same offense on the other side of the spectrum, and have their share of bondages too."
"I agree," Reuben said. "And these kids are smart, right Maria?"
"Si, they are very smart."
"But here’s the problem I see Alex. There is such a focus on what’s right and their rights that they miss that in being right and exercising their rights, it can cause unnecessary problems for all. This isn’t just about them, or us for that matter. It’s the whole of us, a family affair and to just see from one side, it ain’t right. Like you said, the bigger picture. And I’m not saying one side can’t be right and the other wrong, or even that there is never any love on their part. Just saying, where it counts the most, our right can be wrong and in that we can leave the love of God behind."
"Absolutely. There are different dimensions to being right. What’s right in one, can be wrong in another. We’ve got the same problem on our end, just packaged differently.
And just like in our society, our liberty and freewill are only ours within a certain boundary. If we abuse it, we’ll find ourselves in bondage. The freewill God has bestowed upon us is not a right we own. It’s a gift and a tool entrusted to us to help us in our progressive journeys into the full stature of Christ. As you both know, the law we are called to live by is God’s love. Our ultimate goal is not liberty. It’s becoming his love slaves as He captivates our hearts by his love."
Alex paused for a moment before continuing, "I know we’ve discussed the need for forgiveness and healing before, but I tell you, I also really feel the need for more spiritual parents. Those that are driven by our Shepherd’s heart of love, instead of those driven by their own agendas. The other half of it is that they do exist, but the sheep can be driven by their own agendas too."
"Mirar!" Maria exclaimed. "I was just reading something about that last night in the book of Jeremiah."
Alex smiled before continuing, "It appears the Lord is speaking to us about the same things . . .
Sometimes I tell them that one day they will look back and realize that they also made mistakes . . . and know the heartache of how they are spoken of and treated for it.
Yet, all an opportunity to enter into his sufferings . . . that continue in his body.
People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord looks upon the heart - Proverbs