When We Do Nothing

do nothing

Not to speak is to speak.
Not to act is to act.

We look at the suffering across our planet. The poison, the filth, the weight, the ugliness of it all and sometimes simply turn away. But the problems in our world in all of its different manifestations flourish when good men and in a broader sense good people, men and women alike do nothing.

Especially those of us who call ourselves the body of Christ, the church. We are meant to be His hands and feet and to many times we do little to nothing to address the issues of our times.

We of all people are without excuse. We are in the midst of a pandemic the likes of which we have not seen in our country. Drug addiction and abuse has taken tens of  thousands of lives, destroyed families and left children homeless, orphans.  The burden of caring for these little ones has mainly been left to state and county agencies.

Pornography whose main focus is the exploitation of women and young women is as much an issue inside the church as it is outside the church. The link between pornography, prostitution and human trafficking tied to gangs and organized crime through illegal immigration is undeniable.

Where is the recognition that this is a problem and outreach in the church towards those affected by it? We are quick to point out the sexual sin of others but allow this sexual sin to go unchallenged.

Most Christians agree that separating children when their parents are detained at our country’s border is wrong.  Yet every week thousands of babies are separated from their parents forever. And in a nation where a large majority claim to be “Christian” we continue to elect politicians that refuse to do what needs to be done to correct legalized murder.

And the list goes on. Homelessness, poverty, hunger, discrimination, injustice.  We tweet and post on Facebook and Instagram about these issues and problems on iPhones assembled in China. Where the average person works twelve hour days, sleeps in a factory furnished room with six other people for less than $500 a month.

It requires more than a Tweet, a Facebook post, or outrage on Instagram and Snapchat to change things. It requires us to care, and to do something. If we continue to do nothing but observe evil will continue to flourish and we will be without excuse.

 

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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One Response to When We Do Nothing

  1. Totally agree. Also, I love that quote you have from Bonhoeffer.

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