“But whoever causes the downfall of one of these little ones who believe in Me — it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea! Matthew 18:6
Last week I heard in the news, a teacher was lynched by the community for sexually molesting a school girl then offered her some money to keep it a secret. She took the money but reported to the authority. He was arrested, place in the custody of police, but disgruntled community stormed the Police cell and flashed his out where he received his reward – death as defined by the mob justice.
The girl was supposedly in the right hands, of teachers who are guardians away from the parents yet she was she was exposed to the wolf in a sheep skin. When a child or a woman or anyone is abused, raped , mistreated or mishandled in the hands of those entrusted to care and protect them, it is a very traumatic and the pain is deep and can cause a lifetime damage to the victim. Yes abuse is abuse regardless of who executed it but in the minds of victims those who betrayed their trust have inflicted a deeper wound in the lives of their victims.
Trust is a word that is deeply tested in the spiritual realms. Sin has changed the meaning of trust. It is difficult to trust anyone without reservations, trust has become conditional and subject to surveillance and checks and spying. Trust is subject to proof it is conditioned to the test of time and it is questionable. So how do we trust and obey if we are conditioned to caution and doubt? We carry with us these conditions to the trust in God. It is difficult for us to truly trust anyone. “We are warned not to trust in man, not to make flesh our arm.”—Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 366, 367.
The ‘little ones’ could be children, new converts, unsuspecting church members, innocent neighbors, guest visitors, women, men anyone not aware of the wolf in sheep skin. And the wolves could be parents, guardians, teachers, pastors, elders and deacons, boss, etc. they could danger anywhere. May God help us not to cause others to sin, and lack trust in him.
– By A. Eliamani