“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid…Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5 v 14 & 16
When police officer Ryan Holets approached a drug addicted couple shooting heroin into each others arm - the woman being heavily pregnant - he could have arrested them for drug use and the endangering their unborn child. Instead his actions have become a lesson to the world on kindness and grace. Officer Ryan adopted the unborn child and enrolled the couple at an addiction recovery center.
His kindness very likely saved the baby, while her mother, Crystal Champ, the female drug addict has now stayed over 2 years drug free. Read her story here.
A popular news channel says ‘he became a human being instead of a police officer’, He says, he was led by God to do it.
Officer Ryan, his family and the new born baby ‘Hope’ were invited as a guest of honor at the US president’s state of the union address.
This story has got me thinking, would the world listen more to Christians if we stopped being police officers or judges and become more human? Baby Hope’s mother, who perhaps doesn’t know Christ described officer Ryan as "a light in this world".
In the midst of a dark world, now is the time to shine - outside the walls of our auditoriums. The real world needs our light more than ever. God describes us as watchmen (Ezekiel 33) but very often we prefer to be judges - this is the impact exclusivity of religion has on us. Now, we, believers must act as watchmen and not judges if we want others to see the light of Christ through us.
What must we do about this? Choose to be kind this week. Give to someone in need or donate to or participate with a foundation that does. As we go about our busy days, we have to decide, intentionally, to be kind.
If you live in the UK, community Angels (https://www.communityangels.org.uk) seeks to care for those in across communities. Reach them on their site this week.