The bait or the Bible?
Could it be that church leaders and Christians in general are overlooking, wrongly interpreting, or unaware of what the Scriptures have to say about caring (a.k.a., comforting) for one another?
Throughout The Screwtape Letters, author C.S. Lewis writes that whether in the troughs or peaks of life, the Devil is all about perpetuating lies, anxiety, complacency, and despondency. Moreover, the evil one is doing everything in his power to keep us focused on ourselves so that we turn our attention away from God and one another. The Devil’s plan is simple (and arguable effective):
- Keep people from “the serious intention of praying altogether.” (p.15)
- Fix people’s attention inward and so they concentrate on their circumstances and not on God.
- Do whatever it takes so the people maintain a lukewarm spiritual state.
- Keep non-Christians and people who are less rooted in their faith away from “experienced Christians” so as to avoid appropriate and encouraging scripture passages from being shared.
- Cause people to focus on the past and the uncertain future, instead of the eternal and the present.
- Foster aggravation, confusion, and division so as to keep people away from church and disrupt Christian friendships.
At Care Ministry, we advocate a biblically-based discipling model of care that is Christ-centered and thwarts the Devil’s plan. Our resources and training help churches provide care in ways that align with the mission of their church, deepen personal relationships, foster spiritual growth, and build a sense of community.