It makes us uncomfortable.
And turn away.
Imagine Jesus walking that last road to Calvary. Beaten, bloody, filthy with the mockery of human sin. He was ugly. He made people uncomfortable. Would we have recoiled and turned away?
But as His followers, we are called to dive into that ugliness, just as he did. He did not save us so that we could cruise with ease into eternity. He saved us to be salt and light in a dying world.
Proverbs 24:11 says, "Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter."
We read that and we want to turn away. We mistake our feelings of sympathy for Christian response. We tell ourselves that our distaste for such evil is enough.
God anticipated that, so he added verse 12: "If you say, 'But we knew nothing about this,' does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?"
I can't turn away anymore, and I hope you will join me in stepping up. Take a minute to watch this short video and then ask God what He would have you do.
"All that is required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." --Edmund Burke