Please, watch this video. It is a video we produced for a message series.

Blessed are the Peacemakers from michael beck on Vimeo.

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.
(Psalm 72:13-14)

“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?”

10 thoughts on “”

  1. Anytime anyone is victimized it heartbreaking. I have intervened in situations in the past and would do it again as well do what I can to help end poverty. Good tie-in!

    Loved the video by the way.

    Thanks for the thoughtful post!

  2. “Where am I standing by?”

    Way too many places and people… Some may not look like they are exposed to violence or poverty… Some may hide it all under a facade of well being…

    But every time I fail to be God’s tool, I am doing nothing more than just standing by.

    Every time we fail to allow God to use us in His purpose and way, people are running the risk of dying not just in earthly poverty or violence, but in the eternal as well.

    1. I’m with you, man – way too many times and places. I think I can speak for you and say that you are probably like me, in that you try to do what you can, but sometimes we just aren’t intentional enough about being God’s instruments.

  3. Where am I standing by?

    Ouch. I have to tell you at the 44 second mark the guy said, “what kind of crime.” That is heartbreaking because my first thought was, “How bad?”

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