Too often in today's society, we see bad things happening to people while others stand around doing nothing even to help or intervene when they see brutality in action. This does not seem possible in America, where we have hundreds of thousands of people who profess to be Christians, followers of Christ, but when faced with an opportunity to "Do Something, or even "Say Something," there is silence. I am not encouraging folks in imminent danger to be a hero, but other things can be done in many of these situations to intervene and interrupt the terror. The people who tried to save George Floyd's life are good examples of "Doing Something" regardless of law enforcement, their ability to engage and provide assistance was limited. Tragic! At a minimum, when you see something wrong, you should have the courage to speak out against it and be part of doing something to bring a solution or change.
Let's think about all the things that are happening around the U.S., police brutality, brutality against the police, racism, mass shootings, killing of unarmed people in broad daylight, mistreatment of people because they don't look like you or share your opinions and the list goes on and on. Why is this so polarizing? Because some people are not even aware that these things happen all the time and are considered a norm to specific ethnic groups. What you see on the news is only a microcosm of the actual reality. Rather than speak to humanity, people through propaganda media outlets are pitted against one another, white against people of color, wealthy against poor, educated vs. non-educated. These things do not talk to the essence of humanity and what the Bible would have us to be like regardless of color, background, or ethnicity. How is it possible that we as humans could see someone die in broad daylight and believe somehow they deserve it??? That mindset defies humanity. Let's look at a biblical reference to level set how we need to treat one another, act toward each other and care for one another.
Luke 10: 30-37
30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance, there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
The Samaritan's care was not based on the man's color, background, ethnic group, etc. He did not know what he had done or how he got into that situation. He saw a person in need and hurting and showed him mercy. Go and do the same. "If you see something wrong, do something."