I would never, have never, will never arbitrarily tell some one suffering that it’s time to “move on”.
Moving on implies that one is expected to go on from a given point forgetting the wounds and damage done to them.
That’s like telling someone with a broken leg that they need to get up and dance.
Moving forward is not the same as moving on.
People moving forward recognize the damage, acknowledge the pain, suffer the loss…but refuse to be defined or enslaved by the acts perpetrated against them.
Part of my “pastoral” responsibility here is to help people bind their wounds, get the swelling down, get crutches that fit and move forward in their faith and in their lives.
When we’re able to do so we move from being victims to being overcomers… and overcomers inherit the kingdom.
Many of you know that this was a very difficult week emotionally and spiritually for me.
The fact that one man and his sycophants could callously destroy a church and an elementary school and claim to be followers of Christ is indescribably bitter to my soul.
I will tell you that I spent most of last weekend in tears for those kids and their teachers.
I want to camp on this gross injustice.
I want to talk about it every day and insult and demean and mark these men till they become household terms of derision and scorn.
We won’t do that, though.
We are going to move forward in faith, never forgetting the sin, never forgetting the victims…but moving forward believing as we go that God has not forgotten either.
We are moving forward believing that God uses all things for our good and His glory, even the sins of wicked men.
We are moving forward believing that our good Father never wastes our tears and that there is always a holy purpose in our pain.
We are moving forward knowing that He may not reveal that purpose in our lifetimes.
We are moving forward with absolute faith in the sovereignty, holiness, righteousness and love of our God.
We are not moving on, we are moving forward in the power of the Holy Spirit.
That’s my mission, that our commission, that’s where we will find our purpose and our hope.