Spiritual and moral danger is everywhere! Can we excuse our non-involvement?

warning danger

Someone we pass during the day is in danger, has an emergency, or is clearly facing a crisis. Will we stop and warn them? Will we do something to intervene? Will we help? Periodically we hear the sad news reports of individuals who were facing situations like this and neighbors or passersby choosing not to get involved or help those in crisis or danger. The excuses given are many, but one recurring flimsy, pathetic excuse is “I didn’t know! – I didn’t realize!” Makes you wonder…

It’s bad when it involves physical danger… It’s equally bad (or worse) when it involves spiritual danger! Spiritual crisis or danger has consequences not only for time, but for eternity! Christians who have experienced the love and “salvation” (i.e. the rescue) of God have responsibilities at both levels! And it is inexcusable for us to offer lame excuses like “I didn’t realize!”

I thought about that today as I had my time of “coffee with the Lord” and read the following passage…

“Rescue those who are being taken away to death! Hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter! If you say, ‘Behold, I did not know this,’ does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?” (from Proverbs 24:11–12 ESV) Reminds me of two other passages worth reading and contemplating: Ezekiel 3:16-27 and 33:1-20)

God holds us accountable! Oh Lord, help me to be alert to the signs of crisis and danger all around me! May I not offer flimsy, lame excuses for not getting involved! May I do what I can as a Christian to offer warning, intervention and rescue! There are no excuses for failing to get involved, LeRoy! No excuses!

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