A friend of mine and I stopped to wash his car one time. He lost his dollar bill in the change machine and frustratingly said, “Doesn’t that make you mad?” I laughed and said, “Nope, it’s not my dollar.” Well, we have laughed about that through the years. But, it is a great picture of how most of us view compassion for our fellow man.
In fact, when we watch the news and see that a suicide bomber killed 6 people we quickly check to ensure it didn’t happen anywhere close to where we live. Oh, it’s on the other side of the world…I wonder what’s on ESPN? As long as it isn’t happening to me or anywhere near me, and I often don’t give it a second thought.
We see television pictures of starving children in some African country. Since not many Americans ever make it to Africa, it seems so far away. That makes it easy to click the remote control and move to the next channel. We turn a blind eye to much of the suffering in this world.
When the 2004 tsunami hit Indonesia, over 200,000 people were killed. The average citizen in the United States barely noticed. Yet, imagine if nearly a quarter of a million Americans were wiped out in a natural disaster. It would be huge news across the world and would have a tsunami effect on the world’s economy.
Aren’t you glad that a Jewish carpenter half a world away didn’t say, “Aww, those folks in America, it’s on the other side of the world…I’m not going to bother saving them…just the home folks.”? Frankly, I am glad that the love of God reached out to this Fort Worth boy nearly 30 years ago and adopted me through Jesus Christ into the family of God.