Amish School Shooting in Nickel Mines, PA
By Joe Keim
October 1, 2006
I saw the response of the Amish quite a number of times. I feel sorry for them, actually. How can one lose two daughters and not feel some pain, anger, anguish and not be asking God, "Why?" How can dear little children be killed by a brutal murderer and nobody expresses any anguish? I think of King David when he lost the first child he had with Bathsheba. What a lament of repentance and sorrow; and, seven days of fasting to beseech the Lord to save the child. I think of King David and the lamenting and weeping and sorrow he expressed over Absalom, his son, when he was finally killed in his rebellion. Joab had to chide him for such a response. Yet, these responses were REAL, from a man after God''s own heart for his children. I know the Amish have shed tears and expressed their sorrow and pain and anger before God. But, it can only be in private...
Their system tells them to be an "example of faith and forgiveness" to the outside world. How would you feel toward the murderer of you dear child/children??????????? Look at the Psalms, the responses of REAL people!!!! Can't God's children respond like that? Yet, in our anger, our bitterness, our desire for revenge, our tears, our pain, we know we rest in the Lord. We know our HUMAN response is not the response of our Lord who died for us all. So, I know what the Amish are trying to portray, but their highly legalistic system will not let them be real. I am sorry for them.
I pray that some day they will not have the rules that REQUIRE how women and men dress and how men must have beards and how...MUST DO....Then, they can be real, like the rest of us who love the Lord, but sometimes can feel so hurt, and sorrowful, and angry, and vengeful....until our Lord helps us get beyond all our human responses and come to respond like he does.
Please do not think that I am be-littling their tremendous outpouring of support toward the Roberts family because I think it has been outstanding. But once again, can such a powerful and wonderful type of forgiveness all be just an outward play and not really from the heart? Religion can look like the real thing.
I also told her as been raised Amish you are conditioned to forgive, That is very good what kickers wrote on EX-Amish, It's what I feel about it. I don't need forgiveness from them for Making Jesus my Lord and Savior or for not living in the Amish bondage, But it would be good to see a little Love in their heart towards a child of the most High God.
Other areas like excommunication is totally in control of the group. They made the rules and if you don't submit to our way, we don't forgive.
My conclusion of last week is in recent years there has been a lot of publicity in the news about Amish abuse and maybe last week's shooting sort of balances the over all image of the Amish.
These are just my thoughts of the whole thing. I think it is God ordained that you at MAP have your foot in the door in direct connection with the Amish involved in Lancaster