By: Susan Bea Good
George Zimmerman screamed for help!…and no one came.
The police did not respond fast enough to avoid or even interrupt the confrontation that led to a teen’s death. Neighbors, who heard George’s pleas, chose not to take the personal risk to step out onto their own back lawns and interject their presence enough to affect the desperate situation.
When people don’t help one another…when they refuse to “get involved,” they allow evil to finish its purpose.
My wise father is known to ask a rhetorical question… “What if we all did that?” As a child, his statement was often directed at me, as I acted in ways that might become troublesome if others did the same. These were minor actions, like stirring a drink with a straw…followed by a younger sibling attempting the same, and spilling their cup.
The principle has stayed with me now for over fifty years…My actions and inactions affect others. If I am able to help someone, and I choose not to…I have hurt them!
George Zimmerman is a good man. He cared for others enough to go out in the dark and assist in keeping their homes safe. He was trained to “watch” his neighborhood for trouble, and was willing to carry a weapon…requiring training, cost, and even some risk to himself.
When a night came that George needed his neighbors to help him…they called 911. He needed more help, and they refused!
What if we all did that!?
“…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39/ESV)
The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it!