Saturday, April 15, 2006

I Just Saw a Person Die, Right Before My Very Eyes

A letter written by an atheist to a Christian:

"You are really convinced that you've got all the answers. You've really got yourself tricked into believing that you're 100% right. Well, let me tell you just one thing. Do you consider yourself to be compassionate of other humans? If you're right, as you say you are, and you believe that, then how can you sleep at night? When you speak with me, you are speaking with someone who you believe is walking directly into eternal ****ation, into an endless onslaught of horrendous pain which your 'loving' God created, yet you stand by and do nothing.

If you believed one bit that thousands every day were falling into an eternal and unchangeable fate, you should be running the streets mad with rage at their blindness. That's equivalent to standing on a street corner and watching every person that passes you walk blindly directly into the path of a bus and die, yet you stand idly by and do nothing. You're just twiddling your thumbs, happy in the knowledge that one day that 'walk' signal will shine your way across the road.

Think about it. Imagine the horrors Hell must have in store if the Bible is true. You're just going to allow that to happen and not care about saving anyone but yourself? If you're right then you're an uncaring, unemotional and purely selfish (expletive) that has no right to talk about subjects such as love and caring."

Although some of what this person said were false, I realized that most of them (sadly) are true.

You might be saying that you have never watched a person wander blindly towards the direction of the bus only to be killed after a few seconds. You might be saying that you never "twiddled your thumbs" while someone was in the danger of being run over.

While you may not have done any of that, let me ask you:
If that did happen, what would you do? Would you stop the person; call out to him "Watch out! Stop!" or would you just stand there, afraid to move? What if it were someone you knew slightly? Would you run forward and grab the person out of the way, or blend in with the panicky crowd and do nothing?

Nothing. How often we, as Christians, sit, twiddle our thumbs, and do nothing!
"Doing nothing" can be remaining silent when you feel a gentle push from the Spirit, telling you to speak up. "Doing nothing" can be shunning a person because of what you heard about him? "Doing nothing" can be refusing to talk to a friend in need because you have no time, or it may be forgetting to pray because of this great TV show that you just had to watch. It may be pretending not to hear when someone cries for help.

I confess that I, too, am guilty of "twiddling my thumbs" very often. There are times when my conscience bothers me and I know deep, down inside that the Holy Spirit is telling me to do something...yet I brush it off as "just a feeling." I am guilty of shunning people and judging others too quickly...and I am guilty of forgetting to pray.

Where do we go from here? What should we strive to do? Are we going to continue living like we do, conscious of "doing nothing" and twiddling our thumbs? or are we going to strive to improve our actions and live as Jesus would?

I think we ought to search our hearts and ask God to wash away our pride and sinfulness. While we may indeed be "bound for the Promised Land", there are a lot of people out there who still don't know about Christ. Are we going to just let them die and go to Hell...or are we going to do at least they may hear of Jesus? We need to search our souls - are we behaving like Jesus would want us to? Are we doing what He would do? Are we reflecting the love of our Saviour so that other people may see Him through us? Or do we hide and go through life, pretending not to hear the silent cries?

In one of his poems - A Psalm of Life - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said:

"...Let us then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait."

We need to pursue...need to strive live as Jesus would want us to. Don't give up even if the road is long and weary! There are many people out there whose souls are crying out. Will you go to them? Will you tell them of Jesus? or will you twiddle your thumbs and do nothing, as they wander off in the direction of the bus and die?

(Note: Special thanks to Blade of Truth, for posting the letter originally in Sonlight...which caused me to think about my actions and to search my heart.)

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