I just had to comment on the weirdness of this. A story is always more poignant when you know someone in it, or you’ve been to where it’s happening.
An AP News Story published on 07 April 2008
This story hits me on two different levels.
God did not call us to seclude ourselves. We are to be a lamp on a hill drawing others to ourselves. We are specifically commanded to go and make disciples of all nations…This cannot be done either in a monastery or a compound. This is not what Christianity is about.
I’ve lived in San Angelo and even attended ASU for a semester. I’ve been to Fort Concho where the girls (actually over 400 children and around 150 mothers) are being “housed” right now. I can’t imagine having to call Fort Concho a home (but Lord, it’s a beginning). This cult (It is a cult. They hold people captive: women and girls and boys; refusing to give them a glimpse of the outside world. Refusing to give them a chance to exercise their free will that God gave all of us and wants us to use. That is a cult) wasn’t in the San Angelo area when I lived there. There is so much open land out there though. Who knows what all is going on out there.
It is very hard for me right now to pray for grace for these perverts and not call for God’s immediate vengeance. Vengeance is His, but we aren’t to pray for it for our enemies. I do have a hard time with that. Join me in praying for the peace, comfort and mental well-being of all the victims here and for the grace of God to fall on the instigators; enough for them to feel shameful and truly repent.