Isn’t it awful? Isn’t it terrible? Look at what the world is doing? Did you hear the news today? Can you believe the devastation; the murders; the lifestyles; the pain; the losses; the crime; the darkness and the sin? Can you believe it? Did you hear what I’ve heard? Do you see what I see? What are you going to do about it?
So what? You see what’s going on; and you speak on what you see. But what are you going to do about it? It’s wrong; it’s sinful; it’s lazy and it’s wicked, to see the pain; hurt and loss in the world, and decide to sit by as a spectator; a bystander, without lifting your voice or lifting a finger.
Canaan was cursed as a result of Ham seeing his father drunk and naked; telling his brothers about it; but not doing anything good about it. “And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.” (Genesis 9:24-25).
What good is it to look upon someone and not help them; to look at a situation and not do anything about it; to complain and criticize, but not correct or contribute to making things better? In the story of the good Samaritan, it was the Priest and the Levite (the religious folks), who looked on the beaten and robbed brother….and did nothing, but walk away. It was the Samaritan, (the assumed enemy), of the man, who stopped and had compassion; who did something about what he saw.
“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.” (Luke 10:33-34)
Jesus used the story of this good Samaritan to give an example of the love that we are commanded to walk in…He instructs us to have mercy and to show love. Love is an action word, that will not allow us to stand back and see, and be satisfied. Love makes us take notice and take action. The body of Christ does not need more spectators and bystanders; we need more participants and contributors.
Don’t just stand there and do nothing; faith without works is dead. We are the salt of the world (to preserve; season and heal the world, with Jesus), but ‘if the salt has lost its saltiness, it is not good…”
If you don’t do something, who will. “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)