Mourning Alongside The Suffering In Richmond   2 comments

Five suspects were arrested in connection with a recent gang-rape of a 15-year-old outside of her high school prom in Richmond, CA. Police believe that as many as 10 men were involved in the rape and as many as 20 spectators watched for over two hours without notifying authorities. Police eventually found the girl curled up near a lunch table, semi-conscious. She was taken to the hospital to receive extensive treatments for significant injuries. The five suspects (age 15, 16, 17, 19, 21) will face life imprisonment, states the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office.

There are many thoughts swirling in my head about the ramifications of sin, the depravity of the world we live in, the escalation of sin when it is left undealt with, and my earnest desire for Jesus Christ to return soon. But I’ll leave those thoughts to that comment alone. Instead, there are just a few points that I want to elaborate on, if you would be so kind as to hear my thoughts.

First, this is a time to mourn with, and pray for, the victim and her family and friends. Ecclesiastes 3 says that there is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (v.4). This is truly a time to weep and mourn for the horrendous ordeal this girl went through and the unimaginable physical, mental and spiritual suffering she is enduring at this present moment in the hospital. Even as “Jesus wept” (John 11:35) during time when people had great loss and faced tremendous suffering, so should Christians cry and weep and mourn at this time.

Second, God can heal, both physically and spiritually. The Bible makes it clear that “the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). Therefore, Christians are free to “walk through the valley of the shadow of death” and “fear no evil” because God is “with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4). God promises that He can and He will heal souls, but He has also shown in numerous instances that He cares for those who suffer physically and He has the power to relieve their physical sufferings, as well.

Third, remember, and do not forget, that God is sovereignly in control in this situation, as He is in every little thing that goes on in our lives. A great promise of God can be found in Lamentations 3:31-33: “For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though He cause grief, He will have compassion according to the abundance of His steadfast love; for He does not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men.” There are, finally, three verses I want to point to for Christians to think about in times of suffering that point to finding comfort in the sovereign goodness of God.

“Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done… I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it” (Isaiah 46:9-11).

“For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the first-born among many brothers. And those whom He predestined He also called, and those whom He called He also justified, and those whom He justified He also glorified” (Romans 8:28-30).

There is hope and healing found in Jesus Christ.

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Posted October 28, 2009 by Mitchell J. Kim in Uncategorized

2 responses to “Mourning Alongside The Suffering In Richmond

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  1. Thanks for the article and your comments Mitch. I am outraged by what I read but I am thankful of your reminder that God is Sovereign and that Christ’s death and love for us, can cover such a horrendous sin.

  2. Wow – very great theme. I will blog about it likewise!

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