Jonestown, Waco, Hale-Bopp, and Our Responsibility

About fifteen years ago, the US was shocked to hear the story of the Rev. Jim Jones, an American Protestant clergyman who formed his own sect in California, moved the people to South America, and then induced large numbers of them to commit mass suicide by drinking poisoned Kool-Aid.  More recently we have seen somewhat similar tragedies involving the Branch Davidians in Waco, and the Shining Light suicides at the time of the Hale-Bopp comet.

I have wondered what meaning can be found in these events.  Here is one interpretation:

These were clearly people who were looking for something.   They were willing, even eager, to accept religious leadership.  Wouldn't it be a lot better if the Episcopal church would get to such people before the likes of the Rev. Jim Jones gets to them?