Blind Eye

On the day you stood aloof, on the day strangers captured his wealth, while foreigners entered his gate and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were just like one of them. Obadiah 1:11 HCSB

I was walking with my family as we left a ballgame. Suddenly, there were two men fighting along our path. A crowd began to gather to watch the men fight, but I felt that I must do something. I stepped in and broke up the fight. In retrospect, I am not sure that was the wisest thing to do because the two men could have turned and attacked me. Fortunately, the fight was interrupted and the crowd dispersed.

It is easy to stand by and not take action. Most of the time we prefer not to get involved. The easier path is to stand by and watch or just walk on by without saying anything or interceding. This is exactly what the Edomites had done. They stood by and watched as foreigners attacked and carried away Jacob’s descendants. They refused to come to their aid. By taking no action and turning a “blind eye” to the situation, they actually became allies of their foreign enemy.

Challenge: Too often Christians seems to just step aside and fail to do anything when they see injustice being carried out. This only allows evil to continue. God calls us to action and to do what is right regardless of the cost. Don’t turn a “blind eye” to the evil in our world. Be willing to take a stand and do what is right, even when the cost is great.

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