Thursday, June 10, 2010
Power hungry girls
It seems that acceptable behavior among teen girls in the ghetto is to show absolutely no regard for adults. Stare at them, but don't speak to them. When asked a question, say nothing, don't respond. The body language is meant to say, "Why should I care about you when I don't even care about myself? You are meaningless, you are one of THEM."
Thank goodness that I have wised up to the fact that those are just lies they hide behind. None of them really feel that way. All of them are lonely, afraid, insecure, and desperately in need of care and guidance. They all wanted to hear what I had to say, but were terrified of showing it. They've been enslaved to a spirit that threatens to make life miserable if they become open and honest.
But as I talked, I discovered that what they were looking for was not love or acceptance or purpose, but power. These are girls that wouldn't bat an eye beating up a friend that turned on them. I know because they told me so, sincerely believing that that was the only way to solve the problem. Telling them that Jesus teaches to turn the other cheek brought out shrieks of protest. "What? Why???!!" Letting others have the upper hand is unthinkable. In their lives where drug dealers prowl their streets, where their own relatives have attempted to rape them, where violence at home is the norm, where the school yard is a place of survival of the fittest, the concepts of servanthood and giving to receive are as alien as another galaxy.
If I had a daughter facing danger, I'd want her to be equipped with something powerful to protect her, but what would that be? I began to speak of the invisible world of God's Spirit that surrounds them, and the power they have over evil in their lives. Demons are real, unseen forces that provoke violence are our enemy, not the people who we see in front of us. Their eyes widened as they learned that there was a power that they could use that would keep them safe, and that would fight for them, the power of faith in Jesus and the authority He gives us over evil. Examples and testimonies made some sit up with excitement, while others squirmed uncomfortably as if something inside of them hated hearing it.
I asked, do you want to have this power? The only way it can work is if you surrender your life completely to God's Spirit, and let Him control you. That's when you're under His protection. Do everything differently, upside down, give before receiving, love those who hate you, believe before your eyes see any change, and learn to face the devil head on with no fear, and drive him out of your life. Now that's power that can have the after-effects of a nuclear bomb.
They left with different looks on their faces than when they came in. I challenged them to try it for just one week and tell me what happened. Let's see if they did.