Some Christians read their Bibles with their spiritual eyes closed to the world, oblivious to what’s happening around them. Other Christians look longingly at the world with their Bibles closed! We must avoid these extremes. Yes, we must not love this passing world or anything in it (1 John 2:15-17). But neither can we ignore the fields “white for harvest” (John 4:35).
We don’t want the world to teach us morality and modesty. It has none. We don’t want the world to teach us cheap love and forgiveness either. It knows nothing of divine justice. So what can we learn from the world? Compassion: taking pity on people in need and doing something about it. A priest and a Levite ignored the injured man on the road to Jericho (Luke 10:30-32). The outcast Samaritan didn’t and that’s what made him “good.” He took pity on this man, bandaged his wounds, and found him a place to stay until he could recover (10:33-35).
Still, the world can heal only physical bodies, and sometimes not even that. It takes Jesus Christ to heal bodies, hearts, minds, and souls. Together, the world and the church have injured billions of people – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Someone has to take pity on them and bind their wounds. Who will be Jesus to these hurting people? Who will stop shutting their eyes to misery and look around them? The clock is ticking. Night is coming (John 9:4). And people are dying.
Look away, hear him calling
Look away, see the Lord
For the harvest fields are ripe
We must work before the night
Lift your eyes and look away
– Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir (YouTube)