Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The battle is now

Please take a minute & read the most recent post over at The Blessing of Verity,  if you are not familiar with the back story of the orphanage & it's former director.  Institution-wide apathy and neglect is what brought the children many of us know and love (Katie, Tommy, Garnet, Penny, Chad, Anna, Beacon, Lana, Sarah, Peyton, and many others) to the condition they were/are presently in. And cost the lives of more than a dozen more.  Within hours (This country being about 7 hrs ahead of eastern time) the courts will meet to make a decision regarding the termination of the former director.

I am all about a fair trial and due process, let's be clear.

However, I think that any reasonable person would argue Res ipsa loquitur should carry the day here (rusty on your Latin? Loosely translated: The thing speaks for itself.)  But will they? Because they should have spoken for themselves 10+ years and a dozen or more dead children ago.

Ultimately though, this isn't, per say, a legal battle. This is a spiritual battle. This is a battle for souls and of worldviews. Don't hold to a spiritual warfare in the here & now persuasion, that's fine. But you can not look at these children's broken, cachectic bodies and tell me worldview doesn't matter.  The Enemy's been broken though, and is ultimately doomed. Each child rescued, each family grown, each staff member impacted, each heart changed delivers a mighty blow. This is not a hopeless battle. The battle is the Lord's, but it is a battle nonetheless.  To this end I challenge each of you: Pray. Pray as you have never prayed before. Pray as though lives depend on it; they do. Pray as though souls and people's very salvation depends on it, because it does. Pray protection over those children, over the new director, over the staff, over the judges. Pray for hearts to be attuned to mercy & to justice.

And if I may be so bold as to suggest it-Pray for the former director. Pray for her to be brought to a place a fully grasping the magnitude of what has been done, so that she can repent, turn from this, come to know Jesus, and be saved. A sinner in need of grace and Christ's mercy no less than you or me.

The battle is here & now. But the war has been won & we can pray with CONFIDENCE to this end.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)

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