Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Be Afraid... Be VERY Afraid!

A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Hosanna in the highest!" (Matthew 21:8-9, NIV)

What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" Pilate asked. They all answered, "Crucify him!"
"Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!"
When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!"
All the people answered, "Let his blood be on us and on our children!"
Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. (Matthew 27:22-31, NIV)

At times, it can be amazingly frightening when we stand back and pause to witness humanity's depraved capabilities. With our modern sensibilities, we can shake our heads wondering how the masses could be hailing Jesus as their new leader on Sunday and screaming "Crucify Him!" by Friday. But in reality, we are no better than those Israelites 2000 years ago.

I wish I had a dollar for every time I've heard a tale of betrayal from a parent of a special needs child. I would be very wealthy! First, there can be the family members, ones own flesh and blood, offering painful remarks or criticism about how you are raising your child. Next, there can be the close friends who never lend a helping hand, not even a listening ear, when the weight becomes too much for you to bear. Finally, and this is the one that really gets me steamed, there is the church who either asks people to leave because their disabled child makes too much noise or who refuses to make room for individuals with disabilities and their families in the Body of Christ.

This is a cautionary tale. Be wary of who you share things with as a special needs parent! People are people, capable of sin in a fallen world, able to turn on you in a New-York-minute. Recognize these human tendencies and realize this is a possible challenge in your life. Guard your heart and mind with God-given discernment. Pray that the Holy Spirit will fill you with confidence and peace in knowing that the Lord entrusted this child to you and nobody else.

Jesus promised His followers that in this world they would have trouble. If people turned on Him, you can plan on them turning on you. Nevertheless, don't be discouraged by this realization. Instead, cling to His encouragement, "But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33, NIV)

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