So how do you cope with knowing that most of the people you see every day are walking dead?
I’m referring to the spirtually dead. We all know the flesh dies; that is not news, nor should it shock anyone. Even though it may be socially incorrect to discuss this eventuality in certain circles.
But it causes great pain, to God first and most, and to the rest of us as well, as we come to grips with it.
Randy Maugans taked about this on his last show. And of the pain it causes believers with a heart for the lost.
We have some idea as to why they are lost, but powerless to do anything about it.
Except maybe to plant a seed of truth here and there, hoping it takes root. But those of us who have been doing some of that know full well what a precarious scenario that can be.
I suppose believers go through a kind of grieving process after having faced this realization fully. Much has been written on the ‘stages of grief’, and much more has been written debunking the very notion of any such ‘stages’, given that grief is different for every person.
Worse still it is for someone who has been carrying the torch of salvation doing ministry work. In that case, there seem to be coherent stages, but knowing them does little to comfort the pain. So to lighten the impact, perhaps we should borrow from a bit of wisdom I learned while working for a Research & Development facility in the 80s:
FIVE PHASES OF A PROJECT
- 1. Panic
- 2. Disillusionment
- 3. Search for the guilty
- 4. Punishment of the innocent
- 5. Praise and Honors for the non-participants
A little levity in a dark situation comforts the soul, and I hope it’s clear that I say this not to belittle or mock, but to show that I understand. Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt.
It happened to me during the patriot movement in the 90’s. And it’s why I left it. But that doesn’t help those confronting this today.
Maybe it would help to to get an inkling for why people stubbornly keep their heads in the sand. Here are some lyrics from ELP’s 1971 Tarkus LP.
People are stirred, moved by the Word.Kneel at the shrine, deceived by the wine.How was the earth conceived? Infinite space.Is there such a place?You must believe in the human race.
That is the problem right there. The ‘lost’, as we call them, believe in the human race. I quit believing in the 90’s. You should too.