Who Is My Neighbor, Where is My Heart?

There are many things in life which astound me. One of them is the peculiar ability of people to ignore the indications of big problems around them. We have had, up until recently, a medical system where if you had money you could survive health problems and possibly improve, and if you didn’t have the money, well let’s just say there was not much “care” in health care for the poor.
This state of affairs has suited a lot of people (mostly those who could afford it) for a very long time and it was always something which puzzled me. You see I had heard that there was another possibility, ever since I was in sixth grade some 45 years ago, when my social studies teacher told his class about a bicycle accident he had when he was visiting England, of course you know the local medics patched him up (he was a tourist, not a citizen) and set him free without even the hint of a bill. Yet I have met, over the years, people in the USA who were slowly dying from treatable conditions simply because they could not afford the best health care services.
Now I am not trying to get into a health care debate. What I am trying to do is question the state of our hearts, When there are people around us who are suffering for lack of what might be pocket change to us. Are we seeing? Are we looking? Do we care?

Not too long ago, I ran across a reference to the fact that many banks reserve the right to foreclose on a mortgage holder when the value of their property falls below a certain point (to be fair, it is a matter of collateral), it doesn’t matter if the mortgage holder has been keeping up their payments or not. A person can be foreclosed on simply for having the misfortune to buy a house in a neighborhood whose property values are suddenly declining. Sounds pretty heartless doesn’t it? Why aren’t we outraged by this?
I see more people protesting animal cruelty than this obvious abuse of fellow human beings.

I read recently that in a time when many people are finding it impossible to find a job, and many have been foreclosed on and are living in the streets, a city not far from us, Boulder, CO, the most liberal city in the state, has passed a law making it a crime to sleep outdoors in a sleeping bag. Now that may not sound like it would cramp your style much, but it means a $100 fine for a number of homeless people who have been turned away from a shelter and who don’t have that kind of money to begin with. Here are two stories which deal with this matter.



The heartless, unsympathetic comments from readers which I read on the newspaper’s website will just about curl your hair, I know they curled mine.

So, while I am pondering these things someone has the nerve to tell me we are a christian nation, I have to say yes, we have a culture which is mostly christian in origin, but I have to ask where is our heart?

Now Jesus was a person who cared about the ordinary guy, He usually hung out with the riff-raff of His society, He did so because there were no exclusive rights to enjoying His presence, you could not buy an audience with Jesus. In fact He sought out the poor, the weary, and those who had lost their way. He would often bless those who could not afford the blessings of the well to do. He would seek out the people who were cursed by the religious leaders of His time, the poor, the leprous, the Samaritans. Why is it that we as a culture do not feel the urge to help and bless that Jesus did?
I would contend (and I include myself in this), apart from our own struggles to survive in this world, that individually we lack the strength and courage and most of all His Spirit to bring us into the fullness of life which He has laid before us. He said that if we would only ask He would provide.

9″So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

10″For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.

11″Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?

12″Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he?

13″If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

Luke 11:9-13 NASB

In your everyday life you may find it impossible to do anything to help anyone. But there is One who can help. Humbly seek Him, ask Him to revitalize your heart, and soon you will learn how much God cares for you and your less fortunate neighbors. He will make a way to help and to heal.

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