“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood (Revelation 1:5b).”
We Americans don’t like to get involved. Culturally, we value individualism and personal rights. This leads us to avoiding being meddlesome in other people’s affairs.
Sometimes, however, getting in somone’s face is the thing to do. It might save them from physical, mental or emotional harm, or even death if we get involved.
A professor in a biology class in England cared enough to confront. Caroline Morgan noticed that the swollen leg of one of her students was a dangerous symptom. The student, Billie-Joe Twigg, told Professor Morgan that she thought she had pulled a muscle, but Ms. Morgan set her straight. She recognized the swollen leg as evidence of a blod clot.
“If Caroline had not said anything I would have just left it and waited for it to get better itself, says Billie-Joe. ” Caroline telling me to go to a doctor literally saved my life and I can’t thank her enough.”
Like Caroline Morgan, God cares enough to intervene when He sees his people in trouble, even when He is an afterthought (or worse) to them. The ancient Israelites were slaves in Egypt, didn’t think much about God and his goodness, and even rebelled when He set about rescuing them. However, He saved them anyway (Psalm 106:7,8). It would’t be the last time He would do so.
What would you do if one of your friends or loved ones was foolish and got into trouble? Suppose, for example, they didn’t heed some of the warnings against folly in Proverbs: they made a stupid promise or pledge (Proverbs 6:1-3); they were lazy and didn’t work or save (Proverbs 6:6-10); they rained on everyone’s parade (Proverbs 6:12-15); they ignored God’s Word and gave into their passions, committing adultery and wrecking their lives and the lives of others (Proverbs 6:20-35).
Would you say,”Well, let them stew in their own juice” or “They made their bed, let them sleep in it”? I think a lot of Americans would because we are culturally programmed to not interfere with others.
Jesus Christ is not bound by our cultural rules, however. He intruded on our personal space when He saw we were heading toward an eternity in hell, and interposed Himself between us and the wrath of God, giving His precious blood for our sakes.
Like Jesus and Caroline Morgan, once in a while we ought to get involved to save people from themselves. I am not saying we need to be someone’s personal police force or junior Holy Spirit. We should use discretion at those times.
But I believe there are far too many times we ignore the state people are in because we don’t want to be bothered, or we don’t want to bother them. Instead, we ought to get involved with people if they are in harm’s way. Jesus did.
If we do intervene in the lives of people when they are in trouble, they might not like it at first. However, we can always hope like Billie-Joe Twigg they will eventually sing our praises for our love and concern.