Having been vindictively excluded as a kid for an extensive period (I hesitate to use the much stronger term “bullied,” though it certainly felt that way at the time), I am prone to zooming in on woeful sagas surrounding ostracized kids and the often tragic repercussions of bullying. They always make for sad reading, but this story in the upcoming weekend edition of the New York Times is especially poignant. I wept for a young man whose pain had become so intolerable that he chose not to stick around for more. And I mourned for parents whose unbearable grief has only been prolonged by the cruel and disgusting behavior of people seemingly without either conscience or soul. The author describes them as “a subculture that is built on deception and delights in playing with the media”.
It brought to mind the warnings spelled out in the second book of Timothy:
1. But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3. without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4. treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5. having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. ~2 Timothy 3: 1-5