12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,
the afflicted who have no one to help.
13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy
and save the needy from death.
14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence,
for precious is their blood in his sight.
“What would you do if you saw someone being victimized?”
Watching the video was hard for me, as I put myself in that situation, thinking about what would be going through my mind. I honestly am not sure if I would intervene or not.
The pragmatist in me says, “Just call the cops, and stay close enough to keep tabs on the situation, but far enough to stay safe.”
The compassion in me says, “You must do something! You can’t just stand there!”
The Samaritan who happened on that man left for dead (Luke 10:25-37), had an easier choice in my opinion. He did not have to consider his own safety. The perpetrators were long gone.
Let’s remove the “nearness” of the scenario, and let’s make it more generic. What if we were made aware of a situation in another country, where people were being violently oppressed? What would we do then?
One more step: what if it wasn’t violence, but poverty? What would we do then?
The Psalmists says that God will intervene for the oppressed. The problem is, that we often forget that we are His instruments on this earth.
I ask myself: “Where am I just standing by?”