A Bible Lesson and a Movie
THE FIRST VERSE OF LEVITICUS 5 reads like this. “If a person sins because he does not speak up when he hears a public charge to testify regarding something he has seen or learned about, he will be held responsible.” It is a reminder to us that part of our calling it to “make other people’s problems, our problems.” It is a sin not to do so.
Reading through Leviticus, one is reminded how pervasive our sin really is before a holy God. We commit unintentional sins as well as willful sins. We sin in our thoughts, our actions and in our hearts.
Adding to this long list of sins, this verse speaks to the sin of inactivity. How many times have we been witness to an injustice, and then proceeded to sweep it under the rug and do nothing about it? How many times have we sinned by simply not getting involved or by turning a blind eye to a situation? How many times have we seen someone in need and just passed that person by?
If you want a good movie to watch that illustrates this verse, I would recommend the 2003 movie Radio. This movie is based on a true story about a boy with special needs, perhaps autistic. The local high school football coach took interest in him because he saw this boy walking outside the football complex every day. The coach could have ignored this boy, but instead he took interest in the boy and changed his life forever.
What motivated the coach to take interest in this boy? The coach was haunted by an experience he had as a boy. While on his paper route for two years he saw a boy with special needs, who was caged up like an animal and yet he said nothing nor did anything for that poor helpless boy.
All of us have people we know who are in need of our attention. God has placed them in our path. At times we even feel the tug of the Holy Spirit to meet someone’s need, but often we shrug off the tug of the Spirit and go on our merry way. Unlike the Good Samaritan, we fail to stop and be the neighbor and attend to the wounds of those around us. May we no longer turn a deaf ear. May we no longer choose inactivity and ignore the needs around us. Rather, let us be sensitive to the opportunities we all face each and every day.
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