By Greene Hollowell,
While everyone might have their mind on the virus, life will still go on and we will need to face all the things as before. With that in mind I send this letter.
Listening to the VIRGINIAN, the TV cowboy, who was helping a neighbor who was being wrongly attacked, the neighbor asked why was he helping in a situation that was not his concern, his reply:
IF THERE IS A WRONG, YOU FIGHT IT.
IF YOU DON’T, YOU BECOME A PART OF IT.
Certainly, there are many wrongs being committed now. It brought to my mind a few verses from the HOLY BIBLE:
‘Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death: don’t stand back and let them die. Don’t try to avoid responsibility by saying you didn’t know about it. For God knows all hearts and He sees you. He keeps watch over your soul, and He knows you knew! And He will judge all people according to what they have done’. Proverbs 24:11,12 (New Living Bible)
Every day we read or hear about wrongs being committed. They are sometimes overwhelming and we say to ourselves, what can I do about it?
If you read about it in the paper, a Letter to the Editor can show support. People want to know they are not alone in a wrong!
Visits to public officials, letting them know about areas they may be unaware, being sure to follow up with a letter confirming any commitments. If you have the stomach for it- protesting at events. If you have the funds, contributing money to help those who might be more affected. Don’t vote for those with an evil agenda and actions. Praying to God sometimes brings a miracle.
God is involved in our lives whether we want Him or not, and He does have the final say, and the SIN of OMISSION does come into play.
From Got Questions website:
Question: “What is a sin of omission?”
Answer: James 4:17 declares, “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” A sin of omission is a sin that is the result of not doing something God’s Word teaches that we should do. It is generally used in contrast with the corresponding phrase “the sin of commission,” or sins that a person actively commits. Paul juxtaposes the two concepts in Romans 7:14-20. He decries his tendency toward both types of sin. He does what he doesn’t want to do and knows is wrong—the sin of commission—and he doesn’t do what he knows he should do and really wants to do—the sin of omission. Here is a picture of the new nature in conflict with the flesh in which it dwells.
In the New Testament, the classic example given by Jesus is the account of the Good Samaritan. After a man had been beaten and left in need of help, the first two men to pass by—a priest and a Levite, both of whom knew better—failed to act. The third man, a Samaritan, stopped to show compassion to the man in need (Luke 10:30-37). Jesus used this example to teach that we are to likewise help those in need. By doing so, he clearly communicated that it is sinful to avoid doing good, just as it is sinful to pursue what is evil.
Jesus further describes the sins of omission in Matthew 25:31-46. The goats, those who are sent away by Christ, are those who saw others hungry and thirsty, but did not provide food and water. They are those who saw others in need of clothing, who were sick or in jail but did nothing to clothe or comfort them. These are all examples of sins of omission. There was no sin committed against these needy people—they were not intentionally starved or deprived of their clothing. But the sin of omission was committed when those who could have provided for them chose not to.
Finally, the apostle Paul provides a summary statement that explains why we should do what is right and refrain from sins of omission: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). When we do the will of our heavenly Father (Matthew 12:50), we avoid sins of omission and live productive, fruitful lives pleasing to God (Romans 12:1-2; John 15:1–11).