Living with 3 Dangerous Thoughts

If you start thinking about these 3 ideas too much you may become a little unhinged.

You may find yourself having a hard time fitting in and accepting things as they are. This probably explains some of the weird moments in my life. Reading about them may make you feel uncomfortable but if you dare to really think about these realities long enough, your life is about to change.

Countless Million Children are Starving Today

Have you read enough and ready to read something else? I understand completely. I try to push this thought out of my head. It makes it hard to function in suburbia. This thought really troubles me every time I buy something or eat out. It bugs me at every holiday and every time I buy gifts. It makes it hard for me to sleep, especially if I pray for starving children. (here’s a song I listen to when I get too complacent A Billion Starving People by Keith Green)

 

Billions of Children and Young People Live in Horrific Abuse

Abuse crosses every culture and socio-economic boundary. Recently a video of a pitbull who never experienced love went viral. Consider children who have never known anything but emotional, physical, or sexual abuse. If I think about the horrors they experience, I want run like a crazy person and stop the offenders in the act. I can’t imagine how God feels or how he holds back judgement. Then I consider what this abuse will do to that young person when they get older…

Billions of People are Destined for a Horrible Eternity

The Bible calls it a place of utter darkness with continuous weeping and gnashing of teeth. Jesus said most people are headed there and few end up anywhere else. (Matthew 7:13) If I keep thinking this thought when I walk on the street, or drive in traffic I begin to ask, “God can it be that all of these people will suffer forever in Hell?”

Jesus said that whoever  believes in him is not condemned but whoever does not believe is condemned already.(John 3:18) Is God capable of such wide spread judgement? Absolutely! Only eight survived the last time he judged the earth. Ask Noah.

At most funerals we don’t ever want to consider that someone we know is suffering for eternity. It is way too much grief for the human heart to handle. But if the words of Jesus are true, masses of humanity are headed for an eternity of excruciating torture. This thought makes me want to jump up and down waving my arms at the edge of the cliff, stopping humanity from plunging over the edge into eternal torture.

How I Deal with These Disturbing Thoughts

To start, let me say that I don’t always deal well with these thoughts. I have a hard time relaxing and pretending everything is going okay because I know that it is not. Sometimes I tune out and try to remain ignorant to the details, the faces, and heartbreaking statistics. Other times I make excuses for my lack of effort. If I keep mentioning these things every time I pay for anything or enjoy leisure, instead of being part of some rescue effort, I would make life unbearable for everyone around me. So I try not to talk about it and try to do something about it.

As I train young men and women every day to do Christian ministry, I feel like I am being part of the solution instead of the problem. I try to stay balanced despite the world crises and focus on doing some small part. I imagine there is much more that I could do but feel like I am doing something.

It is uncomfortable to think about and pray about these realities but I’d rather live with the tension than live without a social conscience. My hope is that I will disturb others with these ideas. None of us have to do it all but most of us could do more and all of us should do something.

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Ron Powell

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Ron Powell is the Adviser to the Director of the Youth Ministry Institute at Vanguard College. He has been involved in youth ministry for over 30 years. He continues to volunteer, write, teach, and speak to parents, leaders and teens. If you would like to contact him you can email ron.powell@vanguardcollege.com