Several years ago, I happen to see a video on Dateline on domestic abuse like this. Actors posing as a couple went to a park and began to fight. The man became more and more physical as the filming continued. To the shock of viewers, most people did nothing or pretended they didn't notice when they obviously did. Only a few women confronted the man in an effort to help the woman. The question posed was, "What would you do if you were in the same situation?"
I had no idea. Of all I've seen living in the hood, I haven't encountered such a blatant display of abuse - especially in public.
My first reaction was to stop and help. I did all I could do but desperately wanted to do more. Sweet Hannah reminded me this afternoon of this scripture she has been studying with the junior high girls..."If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God's love?
After the police arrived, I left and Sadie was scared to tears. I thought to myself, 'Why in the world would I do anything that could put her in danger? That man was so angry, he could have hurt us both.' and, 'Where do we draw the line between protecting our children and doing the right thing for our 'neighbor'?
I agree with Francis Chan who says we seek safety, comfort, and security too much as believers. But, I struggle when it comes to my own children. I know He is faithful to guard them as we live out His call on our lives and yet my faith in Him and his ability to do so waivers often. Especially after replaying all the possibilities of yesterday's situation in my head.
Do you struggle with this? How would you have reacted?
Darius and Dea said, "Aw, MaMelissa, We told you to carry a baseball bat. That's when you pull it out and tell the guy to step off or you're gonna beat the crap out of him."
And there you have it.
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