IF IT HAPPENED ONCE, IT CAN HAPPEN AGAIN, THE TRAGEDY IN GUYANA. PEOPLE DYING BY THE HUNDREDS BECAUSE OF ONE MAD MAN.
Forty years ago, According to Charles Krause who lay on the tarmac of a remote jungle airstrip in Guyana, shot in the hip, holding still and pretending to be dead, in order to save himself from Jim Jones armed followers.
A Washington Post foreign correspondent at that time, Krause visited South America along with California congressman Leo J. Ryan and his entourage to witness a remote cult compound known as Jonestown.
Ryan had constituents who had joined the agricultural commune following the charismatic, self-titled reverend Jim Jones and his California-based Peoples Temple. After hearing reports from concerned family members, who claimed that members were held against their will, assaulted and abused. The congressman decided to fly down to investigate, accompanied by several members of the press.
Jim Jones had no intention of allowing the visitors to leave and dispatched several of his armed followers on a flatbed truck to stop Ryan’s plane. What followed the assassination of Ryan and the murder of four others at the airfield, and the mass murder-suicide of more than 900 Peoples Temple followers, including hundreds of children forced to drink cyanide-laced grape-flavored punch. Which would reverberate across the world and leave an indelible mark on American culture.
Encourage Yourself: Ok for some of you who might be in denial, you will totally disagree with what I am about to say. But this tragedy in Guyana could have possibly been avoided if we as Christians were more in tune with God. How do we follow mere man who we know are doing things that don’t align with the word of God. I say this because Jim Jones was sleeping both with male and females. This act right here is enough to make you want to run and not walk.
He also managed to convince people to sign over all of their worldly possessions, such as houses, land and savings. The word of God says in Corinthians 11:1 (NIV) Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. John 10:27-28 (KJV) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. Suicide is not an option, and in Jim Jones case, homicide/murder.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. So as I watched this 40th year anniversary of this tragic time in history. I still grew angry, I was still sadden and saw just how the enemies attack on God’s people is real. The enemy uses any wicked device he can to hoodwink you and I. Therefore we must be sober, be vigilant in our Christian walk.
Encourage Yourself: Now unto Him that is able to present you falling, and present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen Jude 24-25