Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Answer to a Stalked Victim

Someone contacted me regarding stalkers she's dealing with. Again, we're talking about people who stalk, harass, and otherwise pester people over the internet in an effort to control and bully. What makes this situation different from mine is that this person has received death threats.

It's difficult to give advice in this situation because it could be the wrong advice. I definitely think that if you have received death threats, and even if you haven't, it's probably time at this point to get the police involved. I would report this to the proper authorities immediately.

We live in a difficult time. The internet and other electronic means (cell phones - i.e. text messaging, fax machines, etc.) make it easier to maintain an anonymity of sorts and people think they can bully others under a smoke screen.

Christians feel that they must not retaliate when they're treated poorly. Turn the other cheek is what we're counseled to do. While we should return evil with kindness in many situations, there are definitely times when it's not only proper, but crucial that we not allow evil to run rampant and hurt others, especially when it's well within our means to do something about it. God doesn't expect us to turn a "blind eye" to sin, but rather to confront it for what it is.

If you're reading this post and you are a Christian, please pray for the person I mentioned at the top of this post. Please pray a hedge of thorns around her family so that the devil cannot get inside. They are in a bad spot but God is still in control.

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