Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sin Makes You Stupid

Someone once said something that I thought was very astute. She said, "Sin makes you stupid." This is precisely what happens when someone doesn't have the smarts, or the grace, to avoid abusing someone else in a church.

The momentary "thrill" they may gain from dominating another person, or driving them out of the parish, is a very temporary high that they'll undoubtedly pay for, either in this life or the next. This is why they are so stupid. Because they have become spiritually blind, a church bully does not even consider the consequences of his or her actions.

The Bible tells us that someone who relishes in evil will either die suddenly (probably the worst thing that can happen to them), or they will end up miserable in this life. Actually, the second option is preferable, so they would have time to get things right with God.

If you are the target of a church bully, do not lose hope. God is very close to you, and He is watching everything. Do not seek revenge. Forgive the bully. Pray for his or her soul. Your prayers and sufferings might very well be their means of salvation.

Although this is a tall order when you are being emotionally abused in a place of worship, which should be a refuge, it's still something you need to do, in order to more closely imitate Christ.

Trust in God. In his time, He will end your troubles in a very beautiful way. Later, you will look back and thank Him for this trial. You wouldn't be where you are now without it.

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