Monday, October 10, 2016

Do Christians Shoot Their Wounded?


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Dr. Dwight L. Carlson said in his book “Why Do Christians Shoot Their Wounded” "Traumatic childhood experiences and traumatic events experienced in adulthood may manifest themselves in various ways throughout life; poor school performance, difficulty in trusting others, low self- esteem, hysterical symptoms, psychosomatic illnesses, obnoxious or antisocial behavior, difficulty establishing peer relationships, impulsiveness, violence, overly compliant behavior, eating disorders and the inability to enjoy a healthy intimate relationship that exists between man and woman, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, manic depression, panic attacks."

Carlson said Christians often inflict more harm upon the wounded than helping them. He proves his point with an interesting interpretation of Ephesians 4:11-13. The text reads as follows:  "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;   For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:   Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." Noting verse 12  Carlson said “God placed those people in the body for the perfecting of the Saints. Today the word perfecting is translated equipping. But this is misleading in many ways because the word perfecting comes from a Greek word meaning to"mend.”

Think about it, think about the difference between the words mend and equip. As Christians we are called to mend and bind up the broken hearted, those wounded by the traumatic events of child abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse and verbal abuse.  We are called to loose those bound by difficult circumstances whenever we can.

To  demonstrate this point Carlson noted Lazarus and how Jesus raised him from the dead. "In addition to being raised from the dead, the fact Lazarus walked is a miracle because his feet were bound. Lazarus was liberated by human hands (unbind him Jesus said)." Go liberate someone today by loving them and sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ!

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