Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Uncategorized
As you may know, when I was younger one of my best friends said to me, “common sense is not common to you,” and he was right. He didn’t know the whole story, I was young and even more reckless than he realized.
These days I’m learning not to do stupid things. I knew I was supposed to do good things, but I didn’t really think about why I should.
Then, years ago I read in my Bible, “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” 1
Note: This is part-9 of the “10 for 25″ series on important lessons I’ve learned at TreeHouse.
“It is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.”
It’s not just don’t do the bad things — because they’re wrong or have consequences — it’s that I have a responsibility to do the the right things; particularly the ones that I know I should.
So many people are complacent.
They know something is true, but don’t care.
But, care is a verb.
“To care” implies that there is something to do.
In the picture are a group of our friends from TreeHouse. They care.
They showed they care. They proved they care as they raised money, saved money and gave money – essentially paying in time, talent and cash – to serve people that they would never meet in Kansas City, MO. My team spent the week packing 50,000 pounds of food a day at a food shelf.
Missions trips are great, but most people care right where they live.
He cares, so my son Josh drops everything to help friends in need.
She cares, so my daughter teaches because Shannon cares about your health.
He cares, so my bro-in-law Rob sends 100s of informational email.
She cares, so my friend Sally turned rescued horses into real help.
They care, so my friends Chris and Heather are vegetarians.
They care, but some of us struggle with complacency.
Complacency justifies sin.
Complacency makes excuses.
Complacency looks the other way.
Complacency minimizes others’ horrors.
Complacency marginalizes with “isms” like racism, sexism and age-ism.
If I believe that “ignorance is bliss,” and I don’t have to worry about what I don’t know about or see, I’m wrong.
Jesus Christ’s little brother James was inspired by God to write words that pierce my complacency: “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” 1
Former child soldier Emmanuel Jal attacks that lie with these piercing words, “The worst people in life are not those who commit evil, but those who stand by and turn a blind eye.”2
1 – James 4:17
2 – http://www.we-want-peace.com/