Whether you are a sports fan or not, you have probably heard about the recent firing of the legendary football coach, Joe Paterno, from Penn State University. Neither Joe Paterno or the Penn State University President were directly involved with the abuse that took place on their campus. They were not guilty of committing the crime. They didn't do anything, and that is precisely the problem. They did nothing.
It is easy for us to point fingers at this tragedy and think to ourselves, "How could someone just allow that to happen?" However, the sad reality of the situation is that we are all facing similar situations in our lives. The question is, will we do something about it, or will we do nothing?
Think about it. How many times have we as individuals simply done nothing when someone else needed a friend, a bite to eat, someone to listen, or simply someone to stand up for them.
I've been in Austria for six days now and keep thinking about the horrible holocaust that took place here several years ago. The history of this place constantly reminds me of the current slavery, human trafficking, and genocide taking place around the world at this very instant. Situations like the holocaust are alive and growing. More than 27 million people are in slavery today. About 1.5 million children are homeless in the good ole' USA. And what are we doing about it?
The point I'm trying to make out of this is that we will all still be held accountable and found guilty for simply doing nothing. God calls us to seek justice, and be a voice for the voiceless. Refuse to do nothing.
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