Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depth of the sea…. Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you, that in heaven their angels always behold the face of My Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 18:6,10)
A friend texted this with an all-too familiar story.
The church has just run off a good pastor for no apparent reason other than the so-called powers wanted him gone. When a little senior lady stood to protest and declare love for her pastor, she was ordered to sit down and be quiet. Off to the side sat a young couple who did not stand up and protest, but who were grieving. Their story, I was told, involves the pastor reaching her for Christ when she was about to give birth out of wedlock. In time, as a member of the church, she married a fine young man and they had a child of their own. They’ve been growing in the Lord, and they love their pastor devotedly. Then suddenly–with no warning–they had the privilege of seeing him brutally mistreated by a few church members who refuse to be accountable. Their beloved pastor was gone and no reasons were given.
No one cared about the senior lady and no one cares for the young family. They are merely collateral damage.
Thus the Lord’s church gets mauled by the bullies and the “little ones who believe in Me,” as our Lord called them, are despised and abandoned.
There will be a reckoning, friend. Mark it down in big letters. The end of this story has yet to be written.