Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tick Tock

Wednesday November 30, 2011 my wife and I were in downtown Worcester MA, at an intersection, when a street fight happened. We were first in line, 10 ft from the fight. It took 3 sometimes all 4 on the roads into the fight. It started, stopped, started again, and ended, with a fatal gun shoot, across the front of our van, all within the time of a light changing from Red to Green to Red again.
My wife and I assumed the gun shot killed the down man, but we were told by a local news paper, the Worcester T & G, that he died from a medical condition.  Did not look like that.  It looked like one young man shoot blind behind him as he ran and another man fell, who was in direct line of the gun.  On of our friends is a reporter and saw a facebook post about us being there, and interviewed us for yahoo news.  Pretty scary.
I have to say, it really did not matter what about the fight killed him, we saw a man die as a result of a fight that happened 10 - 20 ft in front of us.  Turns out, he did die from a gun shot wound.  WCVB Channel 5 reported Friday that he was actually shot.

The reason I mention it here, is that among the many things I learned from be so close to so horrible a thing, was that not everyone, perhaps a minority of people, place a high value on life. 
Worse, this was random. The young man who was killed was not aimed at. The young man who shot him was not even looking at the direction he pointed the gun. He was running one way, and shooting another, looking where he was running. The man who died was not expecting to die any more than I was expecting to see it happen. 
Life is fragile, and only our faith can ensure that it continues after our time in the world. Thanks to the Lord Jesus, we have the gift of life eternal. 
Pass it on. 
Pass it on before you or the the one who needs it is no more. You have not been promised time in this world, so pass it one now.
Today in church, Solid Rock Church in NY, I heard something I have heard a million times before.  We live by faith, and by faith we should answer the call.Some of us have been called to something that we know about.  I, for example, have been called to teach. The sermon was very direct.  We need to answer the call, once we know what it is.
Well, this is one call we all know about.  Jesus called us all.
Matthew 28:18-20 "And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
 Yes, what we saw convinced me we need to care for people who live in inner city areas more than we have.  What type of country allows their children to grow up thinking that this type of behavior is necessary.  Some have told me that it is all on the parents.  Some say it is on the kids.  True, we all own our actions, but if you are raised to think that life is cheap, you will act as though life is cheap.  Life will to you be cheap.
If you know that Jesus loves you, then you will act as though Jesus loves you, and how you have lived your life until that moment becomes the stuff you have learned from, not the stuff you are. 

Pass it on.  The clock is ticking.

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