This post is written for Five Minute Friday.
My writing goal was three blog posts this week. I am writing one. Between a few distractions and my current mood, it just didn’t happen. Most readers can guess that when I get quiet, something is brewing. I have debated with myself about writing this because I know a few folks will be upset. However, it needs to be said. American’s can’t live in their own little world anymore. To do so, is a dangerous choice today.
I know people who say, “I don’t watch the news.” I get that. I get that they would rather not listen to the political rhetoric and infighting, the bad news, the horrible weather in various parts of the world. The fact is. We cannot afford to ignore what is happening around us. History reminds us what happened when people chose to close their eyes and ears to the horror in their midst.
Please don’t get me wrong. There have been many times in my life when I have covered my own eyes, stuck my fingers in my ears and sung, “La, la, la, la…I can’t hear you.” I am learning that as a follower of the way of Jesus, I need to open my eyes and ears. As Christians, none of us can afford to ignore the louder voice of Holy Spirit who still says, “Set my people free.” We can’t afford to cross the street and walk on the other side like the Pharisee did so long ago. We can’t afford to look away. Matthew 25:45 is loud and clear. “Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”
We are called to be the good Samaritan. Like the Samaritan, we know that helping our brothers and sisters comes with a cost. It can get messy and create some hard feelings, but that shouldn’t matter. When Jesus says, love one another, he meant love our enemy but don’t ignore the victim of that enemy. Don’t close your eyes and ears to what Holy Spirit is crying out to all of us.
Ours are the hands and feet of Christ in our world today…and that world is so much bigger than our own little world makes it out to be.