Sometimes there are situations in life where the solution to the problem at hand is much easier to comprehend if you have a certain perspective.  I don’t want to Monday morning quarterback every little thing that happens in life, but frankly, sometimes there is so little common sense anymore in society that it becomes necessary.

In Pittsburgh, a toddler was mauled to death in a zoo exhibit after falling in.  There is a lot that happened here which if done differently would’ve prevented the situation from ever unfolding.  I want to look at what happened after because evil will happen in this life.  You cannot shield yourself or your children from it.

Looking back at my post about Duty I feel like I need to say things another way.  As a father, my job is to protect my children.  My duty is to them.  If either of my sons were in the same situation, I would be failing to discharge my duty to them if I did not immediately jump into the pit and fight those dogs to protect my son, even if it meant holding his body under my own to provide myself as a shield for them.

As an onlooker, what duty do I have though?  In the post I mentioned above, I said that I would come to someone else’s aide in terrible circumstances, not because I know them or care for them, but because it is the morally right thing to do as a man.  To throw yourself into the maw of death and hold it open long enough for innocent life to be plucked from it’s grasp is about as Christ-like as one can hope to be in a crisis.  In these situations, you must be willing to sacrifice your perceived safety, rush into the fray and hopefully save a life.

Ultimately, I have no duty to that other person in today’s culture.  I would not be looked at differently for failing to act.  We have become so insulated from each other that we fail to recognize our fellow men and women as potential brothers in Christ whom we are called to love and honor as blood relatives.

So what should someone do in those circumstances?  If you saw someone’s child fall into that pit, would you act?  Would you run to their rescue or would you stand by an abject horror?

Rescue those being led away to death;
    hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

Proverbs 24:11

People need to wake up and stop waiting for someone else to help.  You are that someone else.  Draw your sword, take up your shield, and go fight for your fellow man.  By your example you might inspire a lost soul to find Christ.

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