Star Trek & Haiti

I heard a news reporter today reporting from Haiti using Spock’s line that “sometimes the needs of the many out weigh the needs of the one.” It’s interesting how sci-fi allusions creep into our lives–but that’s another reflection. The reporter was referring to how it’s time for workers to move from searching for survivors under the rubble, to taking care of all the other needs of the living. I can’t imagine being there (as much as I would like to go and help if I had the resources to do so); so much devastation, so much poverty, so much hurting, so much death. And it’s hard to imagine being in the position of having to decide whether to keep searching for any survivors under the rubble or focus on helping bring order to the chaos. There comes a time when you give up hope on anyone surviving and resign to them being a victim of the catastrophe. But again, that’s a hard choice to make. Optimally we do both.

Far too often, people (and the church) don’t make either decision. We walk by those in need of help like the priest and the Levite in Jesus’ story of the good Samaritan. Our calling, though, it to be a “light to the world” and the “salt of the earth”–to make a difference in the world for good, for the sake of Jesus. Our calling is to love others and help those in need.

May the world say of us–as the church and as individuals–that we always strive to meet the needs of the many as well as the one, rather than being a people who turn a blind eye when others need us.

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~ by Dave on January 24, 2010.

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