by Stan Mitchell
Bob was walking down the street when he saw the man in the sunglasses and baseball cap gesture to the three kids. They hesitated for a moment, looking at each other for confirmation, then slipped into the dark alley with him.
He knew what was happening. The young man was unemployed, yet he drove a black window-tinted SUV, fresh and new as that morning’s coffee.
He was a drug dealer. And he was obviously making an offer to these kids, naive and, well, not too shiny. So what should Bob do?
All it would take was for him to walk into the alley too. An adult interrupting the transaction might save the lives of these kids. But there were dangers, too. What if the dealer pulled a knife on him? What if the kids didn’t appreciate his intervention? And besides, he was late for an appointment.
So Bob walked on, stifling his conscience as completely as a San Antonio Spurs defensive set.
“Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to slaughter. If you say, ‘Behold we did not know this,’ does not he who knows the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?” (Proverbs 24:11,12, ESV).
It’s all too easy for us to say: “That’s sad, but those people’s problems are none of my affair.” To know a potential problem is to bear some responsibility for helping.
Get involved. Save a young life. Make a difference.