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Joe

I think today's society has clouded risk and safety. For instance the bible does tell us to take risks by examples of Jesus and the disciples. But the bible doesn't say be stupid. Risk is often confused for stupidity; when in reality it isn't. Risks are there for us to take for a reason. I believe that reason is to mirror Christ since we are his represntive. Unfortunately the line between a stupid risk and a true risk is so blurry or thin, it's hard to see.

McKormick

Stephen,

I hear you. But just because it puts us at risk, doesn't make it right. We've just had a couple girls go missing in our city probably because they stopped to help someone. That was on my mind when I posted.

stephen

McKormick,

I agree with some of what you say. But, I have a problem with the idea that just because an action puts me at risk, that I should avoid that action. Where in the bible does God command us to stay safe?

McKormick

Would it have been sin to turn her away?

I'm sure your dad did the right thing and I appreciate this post for it's reminder, although I'm not sure it's always the right thing.

This is how people get hurt and go missing as well.

When is this action motivated by guilt and when is it motivated by grace?

Bill Hayes

Great post -- and as always great learning

stephen

Is it necessary to always take Paul as being instruction to us? Is it possible, though, that we can just as easily make law out of Paul's words as the Pharisees made law out of Moses'? Shouldn't there be room for following the very living Spirit of God, regardless of Paul?

penni

entertaining angels unawares.

very cool. still learning, aren't we all?

kimj

I love when God does this sort of thing! He shows us what he's talking about, shows us what our hearts are naturally like, exposes the real fears of this world, and gives us an example of someone doing it right! Very Cool!!

Damien Scott

One reason I enjoyed this story is that it reminds me so much of my own parents. They have unflaggingly shown me by their behavior that they have grasped the essentials of the message of Jesus, even when their political opinions and cultural habits might make me think otherwise. I, on the other hand, with graduate degrees in theology, am woefully far from such consistent Christian action. It is not the fault of my education or my upbringing or God's stinginess with grace. It is my own sad lack of generosity and charity.

Lorna

you Dad was Jesus in that moment :)

bless him bless you too !

Monk-In-Training

The ride thing is easy to answer, the car was just down the road, well within eyesight.

Dan Paden

A good example! I would very likely have done the same as your father, and for much the same reason.

Your example also illustrates a point that I have been trying to make. On the same grounds--the Golden Rule--why did your father not offer this "obvious meth addict" a ride back to the other vehicle? (Assuming for the sake of argument that the other vehicle wasn't, like, twenty feet away) The answer is obvious, is it not? Doing such a thing would have posed a clearly unacceptable risk to your father, and neither you nor anyone else could reasonably blame him for not offering such a ride.

Which is, more-or-less, the point that I have been trying to make: trying to press some of these verses into authorizing or encouraging giving all things to all people under all circumstances is going to excess. As (probably unintentionally) illustrated by your story, there are times when it is advisable and justifiable not to do everything you can for someone. How do you know when to do what? That is the kind of question Paul is answering.

Adam L. Feldman

mit~ good post. definately gets me thinking. ugh. i think i have a pair of the same boots, bro...

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