Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Today we are still in the wake of horror as we pray for the victim families of the Virginia Tech Shootings.

I’ve read several articles, trying hard to understand what possessed Cho Seung-Hui, the disturbed, young killer. And I mean “possessed”. Was he indeed possessed? I certainly can’t answer that question and I’m not even sure it would make much difference because one doesn’t need to be possessed to perform such heinously chilling crimes. Not nowadays!

Nowadays you can just feed your mind on ubiquitous obsessions of evil. And every ghoulish gadget and garbage possible is at your fingertips ready to make you a puppet of the macabre. Let’s face it: TV, movies, video-games, web sites—all avariciously espouse filth and violence as if the world’s gone mad. Really mad! And many of us know it. Still it goes on.

One article I read was written by someone previously in the same class as Seung-Hui. He’d read his class-mates twisted plays. They’re now published on the net and I read one. Horrible. This play was a homework assignment and was apparently read aloud in class. That means people heard it and had an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the torment plaguing this kid’s mind. How can it be that teachers heard this stuff and did nothing? No-one saw red-flags? Or they just ignored them? This is my question: Why are we ignoring such heavily morbid obsessions with hatred, death, evil being expressed by fellow human-beings—and some very young?

I like what I read on Assist News Service – – where Michael Ireland’s article quotes David Kuo’s blog. Kuo alludes to the fact that not only is it not enough just to be aware of tragedies through TV and media, but continually giving so much time to update ourselves on them, weep over them and empathize in our hearts is actually counter-productive. It would be better we limit the quantity of time we engage in absorbing the needed info (news, media etc.) and embrace the horror of it in our hearts only to quickly put our empathy into action by helping those around us in need. Amen to it! I love this concept because there are needy kids all around—especially in the foster system.

I’ve recently thought a lot about the disconnected kids who reach 18 having never connected to any family—not even a foster family. They leave the system with nobody to turn to for guidance, help, and encouragement. Many become prostitutes or delinquents of some nature. Many end up in jail. Yet, we can do something. Not only can we begin praying for them but, in most states, we can ask foster agencies (especially Christian ones) to connect us to these older kids. Or to connect us to those who will soon be leaving the system. We can become their friends, their listeners their mentors and maybe, by speaking into their lives through love, we can help prevent them from making major mistakes with their little, vulnerable lives. Love changes things. And love is an action!

Let’s face it, it’s not true of all but it’s true of many: A lot of kids have hatred because they’ve been wronged. After reading one of Seung-Hui’s plays, it’s clear to me his heart harbored deep hatred. One of his plays features a boy who hated an abusive step father. (I couldn’t face reading his other play). The words echo distorted ideas, violence, sick-mindedness... I wonder how many kids there are out there whose hearts are steeped with unresolved conflict and hate. May God help us pray for them—and reach them. We are Jesus’s hands and feet. Let’s find those around us, those we can reach, who are needy. And let’s lay down our lives to reach them so that, instead of becoming haters, these kids can be transformed into loving, God-fearing citizens whose lives impact others for good.

May God make us all mentors of those in need, givers to those who are so lost and needy so that these kind of incidents become fewer or stop altogether.



WayneThomasBatson said...

Janey, I share your remorse, but you asked, "How could the teachers hear/read Cho's work and not do something…?"

The unfortunate answer I think, is desensitization. Eyes and minds are inundated with filth until it no longer seems so extreme. That's the way it is with sin and our enemy. The enemy wants sin to be so mainstream that none of us notice it until it's too late.

Janey DeMeo said...

Thanks for your comment Wayne. I responded more thoroughly on your blog, the page with your reflections on this event. Your blog is awesome.


Susan Kelly Skitt said...


Thanks for your encouragement on my TWVII post. I'm always glad to connect with others who love God with all their heart and put that love into action.

Our church supports a Christian school/orphanage in India. What an impact they have made over the years in the lives of hurting children, showing them first hand the love of Jesus, giving them food, shelter, love, and most of all the message of God's salvation.

Praise God for your ministry. There is so much hate driven by fear in this world, but we know that God's perfect loves casts out fear.

My grandfather grew up in the foster care system, unloved and hurting he had built up a "shell of protection" around his heart. But praise God, God's love broke through. He met my grandmom (they were just barely out of their teens) and she and her family brought him to church and showed him what it means to be part of God's family.

When my Nanna shared with my Pap for the first time that God loved him, my Pap said to me, "That's the first time I ever heard that anyone loved me." It was hard for him to believe at first and it took awhile to break through that shell of hardness built from fear and rejection, but God's love did break through.

May our Heavenly Father continue to bless you and Orphans First in reaching the "unreachable" for Jesus. With God, all things are possible!