Life’s Intersections

Blog by Reece Tedford

In my years as a mental health professional I’ve learned that most trust and rapport is built with another individual during times of crisis. Making a point to be there for someone during that crisis, going out of your way, and giving them extra care could have eternal benefits. Many people are in crisis in every community all around us all the time. I want to examine a few ways we can connect or intersect with these “crisis” situations more frequently in a way that would honor God and further our evangelistic efforts.

I have a special place in my heart for victims of domestic violence and child abuse. I’ve been very affected by some of these cases. This is an opportunity to intersect our lives with these individuals. Violence against women and children is certainly an epidemic. Shelters and protective services to aid these victims are extremely valuable and needed. Our Christian ministries and churches should be very involved! What a way to contribute to the needs of hurting people in real crisis!

How wide spread is this issue? 1 in 3 of all girls and 1 in 6 boys in the US are sexually abused. As many as 50 percent of all children have been abused or neglected. Domestic Violence is rampant. Every community is affected as our nations moral fiber continues to fall apart. Many people I’ve spoke too have a hard time believe those numbers and stats are accurate. After working in mental health, I believe the numbers are conservative. So opportunity exists to connect a huge segment of our nations population that is hurting.

Someone once said they had a prayer to “die or escape”. Many of these victims are already praying for help! The relief on their faces knowing its possible to escape or find sleep in relative safety is precious. The next question is what do we do next? How should we respond to these crisis situations and this issue? How can we intersect their lives?

  • Deuteronomy 15:11   Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
  •  James 1:27   Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction….
  •  Psalm 103:6   The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.

We should respond to this social issue with love, compassion, education, support, helpful action, and with the gospel. An example might be a biblical church partnering with or running a domestic violence shelter. What an amazing ministry opportunity in America! We in the church often fail to connect with or even realize many of these people exist. As Christians we should take up the cause of those who cannot defend themselves more fervently!

If you suspect someone may be a victim of domestic violence, intersect his or her life! Two big factors in escaping the cycle are support and courage. Visit these people at their homes, check in, call, and befriend them. These actions often embolden the victim and lets them know that someone cares about them as a human being.

By simply being a safe person, protecting them, caring about them, and keeping your word you can gain respect and trust.

 

Image courtesy of [image creator name] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter
If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.