Apr. 5, 2017

Knowing isn't Doing


Something shifted in our society following 9/11. I am not ignorant. It is obvious what happened and why the shift (or landslide) occurred.

The bible repeatedly tells us to not be afraid and to be kind. Knowing what the bible says and doing what the bible teaches are two very different things.  What began as shock and dismay evolved into a national phenomenon which forever tainted leadership; both church leadership and political leadership. I realize it is hard to tell the difference at times. The lines of compassion have been blurred.

The phenomenon encourages us to base all decisions and make up our minds based on fear, uncertainty, worry, and distrust. To be blunt, this teaching is anti-Christ. God’s people have bought into life philosophies and political rhetoric that neutralize Christianity in our society. When we buy into temporal treasures, human fear, financial paranoia, and behave as if our tomorrow depends on someone else’s actions, we are not sold out to Christ. Jesus really doesn’t need wimpy disciples at this time in human history.

In church this past Sunday, my pastor told the story of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10:25-37. For those of us who grew up in church, we know the story well. We begin teaching the story of the Good Samaritan to children very early on in their spiritual development. We teach them the words. We don’t always teach them the actions behind the words.

When you read the story, you will see four main characters: 1) the Victim of the crime, 2) the Priest, 3) the Levite, and 4) The Innkeeper.

I find it interesting that the two non-religious characters are the only two characters that ministered to the crime victim. The Priest didn’t render aid. The Levite, who was a lay person working in the temple, didn’t stop and take the time to help. The detested Samaritan and the unknown Innkeeper did what it took to put selfless love into action.

We get to decide. We can live out our religion as the Priest did – in fear. We can behave as the Levite did by allowing his “do-gooder fatigue” to overlook a real need. We can be like the Samaritan and risk our own injury and death in order to be the hands of Christ on earth. Or we can be the Innkeeper serving as a support system for the real people down in the trenches living their lives pro-Christ instead of anti-Christian.

Friend, it’s time to decide.