Central Baptist Church of Westerly
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Doing What Jesus Did
May 24, 2017
Dear Friends,

I saw him out of the corner of my eye.  I tried to look away.  I couldn't.
It was a train wreck.  He was limping badly.  He staggered left and then right.
My first thought was to turn around and go the other way.  I glanced in
his direction again and thought, "Why me?"

I didn't really have time to deal with him.  I didn't have the knowledge or
expertise to do anything.  What if he attacked me and no one was around?
I had all kinds of excuses as to why I needed to ignore the situation and
move on.  Then I asked "What would Sarah do?"

My daughter, Sarah, is a veterinarian.  She'd never leave a hurting dog on
the side of the road.  I walked over to the dog.  He was breathing heavy.
He looked up at me with his sad eyes.  I noticed a dog tag and slowly
reached out to see if it had a name and number.

By then a neighbor came out.  We made the dog comfortable.  Got him
some water.  We left a message with the owner and called the police
department.  We connected with a nice police officer.  He came by and
picked up our boy and brought him to the safety of the shelter.

As I got back in my car, Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan came to
mind.  I felt a twinge of guilt because I had been tempted to turn around
and go the other way.  It would have been so much easier.  It is the way of
the world these days. Stay out of it.  Don't get involved.

There is another saying of Jesus that kept coming back to me this afternoon.
In Jesus' sermon on the plain in Luke 6 he shares what is known as the
Golden Rule. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
It's a call to see yourself in the people you encounter.

We are our brother's keepers. Jesus calls us to love our neighbors but to
also love the stranger, to love the outcast, but to especially love the one
in need. Isn't that what he did? He saw us broken, estranged from God,
and far from grace. He stepped down and lifted us up.

We've been given an example to live by. I am glad I stopped to help today.
It was what Jesus would have done. I pray that you and I might never have
to ask what Jesus would have done. Instead may our actions flow out of
our walk with him and always come naturally.

God bless. See you in church.
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