So why was my heart saddened? I watched as CT talked about his struggle with God. How he started to believe that there was more than one way. That there were many different paths that all lead to the same place in the end. I saw how he struggled with how a loving God could stand by and watch as innocent people were killed by the Nazis. Graham reminded him "God didn't do this. Man did." But Graham's words didn't do him any good. I watched as he stepped down as pastor of his church because he could no longer lead them in something he no longer believed in.
I cried. I mean I cried hard. I didn't just cry because of CT, but I cried because I know so many people like this. They once knew the one true loving God in a very personal way. They loved Him with so much passion that I looked up to them. Then one day it was like they gave up on it all. It's almost like they never believed or never knew Him. I wonder what we can do to help people like this. Sometimes it can be so hard. I watched as CT came up to Graham after they hadn't seen each other for a long time. Graham was excited to see him, but all CT could do was rebuke Graham for still believing. He told him to give up on it all. It was all foolishness and there was no need to believe. He was basically telling him to give up on God. Graham was shaken. But I remember what he said after CT had just stepped down as pastor. He said "Chuck is still a friend. We will not leave him and forget about him. It's important that we pray for him."
Now this makes me think a ton about what can be done. How can we help these people? How can we bring them back to God? But I start to wonder should our question really be...What can we do to prevent them from turning away from God? Should we be more aware of people who are having a crisis of faith? I have my own answers to these questions. But I wonder what other people think. So if you have any thoughts please leave them. I will be writing more posts on the subject later on.