All the Ones Who Didn’t Help

two man hiking on snow mountain

When we focus on the ones who didn’t help, we’re undermining our work. It’s a distraction and a disservice.

Walking on by. We live in a world where many things are on display. Things we would just as soon not see are on billboards, advertisements, public videos, and news clips.

We can view the inhumanity of people to their fellow humans. I wonder how some people can think and do the things they do. I ponder over these things, yet the difficult question is how. How do they get by with the things they do?

“Ecclesiastes 8:

11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:”

There is where part of the problem lies. Wicked people don’t see punishment for their wickedness. If they received punishment for evil immediately they wouldn’t be so apt to perform their ungodly behavior.

Yet we see people who walk on by and do nothing when a bad thing is happening. In one video it is set up as a child is walking down a street and an adult comes from behind and grabs them as if abducting the child. In broad daylight, they drag the child off while other pedestrians walk on by. The fellow passersby do nothing, they say nothing as the child is drug off.

Who knows why—Perhaps they don’t care. Perhaps they’re afraid to speak up. Perhaps it’s simply easier to pretend they didn’t see anything. It appears to be the old don’t get involved syndrome, you might be required to put forth some effort.

Not every situation is like that. Thankfully some people do get involved and some make a difference in the right direction. Life is a series of events, often moving from one scene to another.

As the poet says:

“Tell me not, in mournful numbers,

Life is but an empty dream!

For the soul is dead that slumbers,

And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!

And the grave is not its goal;

Dust thou art, to dust returnest,

Was not spoken of the soul.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44644/a-psalm-of-life)

Of the few things that are certain in this life, that we all will pass from this life is the most certain, yet it is the one thing most people deny either in thought or indeed.

As one recent meme phrased it, “What we need to be concerned with is not that we all will die, but location, location, location.”

Our focus should be not on who helped and who didn’t help. Those are givens. A good idea to remember is to find what helps. When we focus on the ones who didn’t help, we’re undermining our work. It’s a distraction and a disservice.

In finishing the race we need to do as the Apostle Paul in Corinthians: “1Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.”

Throw away all the nick-knacks that stand in our way and run the good race.

“Galatians 3:

25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”